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LIRC – Unemployment Benefits

WI Court of Appeals – District IV

Case Name: Jason Whittlesey v. Labor and Industry Review Commission, et al.

Case No.: 2018AP2164

Officials: Fitzpatrick, P.J., Graham and Nashold, JJ.

Focus: LIRC – Unemployment Benefits

Jason Whittlesey and the Department of Workforce Development appeal an order of the Wood County Circuit Court affirming the Labor and Industry Review Commission’s determination that Whittlesey voluntarily terminated his employment without good cause attributable to the employer, within the meaning of WIS. STAT. § 108.04(7)(b) (2017-18), and was therefore ineligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. We conclude that Whittlesey had good cause attributable to the employer to terminate his employment. Accordingly, we reverse the circuit court’s order affirming the Commission’s decision and remand this matter to the circuit court for remand to the Commission to reinstate Whittlesey’s unemployment insurance benefits.

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