Texas court finds claimant resigned job for personal, not safety, reasons, denies benefits 
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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Texas court finds claimant resigned job for personal, not safety, reasons, denies benefits 

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

After determining that the claimant resigned from his job for personal reasons, the Commission denied his application for unemployment benefits and the trial court issued summary judgment in favor of the employer. On appeal, the appellate court agreed, finding that the claimant did not have good cause to leave his employment. It held that substantial evidence supported the ruling that the employer provided a safe place to work. The company followed appropriate industrial hygiene practices in handling and storing the chemicals the claimant alleged he was exposed to at work. Moreover, the summary-judgment evidence—one unauthenticated photograph, two material safety data sheets, and copies of the company’s response to an OSHA inquiry—failed to show he was exposed to any hazardous materials. Thus, the claimant’s quit was found to be for personal reasons unconnected to his work (George Edward Garcia v. TWC and Toshiba International Corp., Tex. Ct. of App., Ninth Dist., Beaumont, No. 09-18-00375-CV, September 30, 2020). 

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