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Summary of Wisconsin Court Decision relating to Unemployment Insurance


Subject:  Barbary, Jesus v. James R. Sturm, DILHR, LIRC and Blackhawk Technical College, (No. 95-CV-475b, Wis. Cir. Ct. Rock County June 18, 1996),  No. 96-1755, Wis. Ct. App. December 5, 1996, District 4 (unpublished).

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Digest Codes:  MC 668

The employe began work for the employer as a full-time custodian beginning August 1, 1989. During his work shift on February 8, 1995 the employe had an argument with another employe, a lead custodian, who was off-duty. During that incident the employe used profane language and threatened physical harm to the co-worker. The employe denied these allegations. An administrative law judge found that the employe was discharged for misconduct and denied benefits. The commission affirmed that decision. The employe contends that the incident did not occur as charged, that even if he made the threat he did not cause any physical harm and the discharge was based on a single, isolated incident.

Held: The determinations that the employe used profane language and physically threatened the co-worker are fact findings that are supported by the testimony of the co-worker. The court may not set them aside. It is reasonable to conclude that physical threats are misconduct even where no one is actually injured. Threats cause workplace disruption. The conclusion that the employe was discharged for misconduct is not unreasonable or contrary to the clear meaning of the statute. Benefits denied.


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