1. A14-1139, Kelly Smith, Relator, vs. Hoff Diamonds and Gems, Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
This certiorari appeal is from an unemployment-law judge’s decision that relator is ineligible for unemployment benefits because he was discharged from his employment for employment misconduct. The misconduct in this case was an inability to get along with coworkers and using profanity on at least two occasions. The employer had a right to reasonably expect that relator would not use profane language while speaking with his coworkers in the workplace. Relator’s repeated use of profanity was a serious violation of this standard of behavior, and it clearly displayed a substantial lack of concern for his employment. As such, the decision denying unemployment benefits was affirmed.
2. A14-0729, Jean M. Ritter, Relator, vs. Inter City Oil Co., Inc., Respondent, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Respondent.
Relator challenges an unemployment-law judge’s decision that relator is ineligible for unemployment benefits because she was terminated from employment for misconduct. Relator argues that the conduct that led to her termination from employment was a single incident and that the employer’s evidence was not credible. In this case, the ULJ found that relator repeatedly made disparaging remarks about the supervisor and that she was repeatedly instructed not to do so.
The employer’s directives to relator that she could not continue to engage in unprofessional behavior and name-calling were reasonable, and the employer had the right to reasonably expect relator to follow the directives. Relator’s repeated failures to follow the directives were employment misconduct. Accordingly, the decision denying unemployment benefits was affirmed.
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