Employee’s Facebook post threatening coworker led to benefits denial
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Employee’s Facebook post threatening coworker led to benefits denial

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The court affirmed the Board’s finding that the claimant committed disqualifying misconduct by threatening a co-worker and therefore was not entitled to receive benefits. The claimant, an assistant manager of a plant office, was discharged after posting on Facebook that she “would have sliced his throat open if it didn’t happen at work. And had no remorse,” after she was confronted by her supervisor for not wearing safety goggles while in the shop, which is an OSHA violation. The court found that the employer met its burden of showing willful misconduct and the burden then shifted to the claimant to show good cause. The claimant did not argue that she had good cause so the court found that the Board did not err in denying benefits (Shannon Cummins v. UCBR, Pa. Comwth. Ct., Nos. 1944 CD 2017, 1945 CD 2017, April 12, 2019).

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