Monday, April 23, 2007

UC - quit v. fire - "park your truck"

Bell v. UCBR - Commonwealth Court - filed 2-20-07, ordered reported 4-20-07

Journeyman plumber's argument that his supervisor's use of the phrase "park your truck" meant that he had been fired was rejected. Claimant was held to have voluntarily quit when he left the job after a confrontation, during which the supervisor used the phrase.

The UCBR resolved all critical factual issues in favor of the employer, including that the supervisor's statement that "if Claimant did not like working with [the supervisor] or Employer, provided Claimant with the option to continue his employment and did not possess the immediacy and finality of a firing."

There were also findings that the claimant had made numerous prior requests to be laid off, had not questioned the supervisor about the meaning of his statement, and that continuing work was available. Claimant's testimony and argument that "park your truck" had a special meaning in the profession--you're fired--was rejected under the totality of circumstances in the case.