UC - vol. quit - unjust accusations - abusive employer conduct
Yellow Breeches Educ. Center v. UCBR - Cmwtlh. Court January 12, 2009 - unreported mem. decision
Claimant had good cause to quit her job where the employer, in an abusive manner, unjustly accused her of insubordination.
A claimant need not indefinitely subject herself to unjust accusations and abusive conduct. First Federal Savings Bank v. UCBR, 957 A.2d 811 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2008). However, resentment of a reprimand, absent unjust accusations, profane language or abusive conduct, does not amount to a necessitous and compelling cause. Id. Here, the UCBR found that Claimant was subject to unjust accusations and abusive conduct prior to Claimant’s leaving her employment.
The court distinguished St. Barnabas, Inc. v. UCBR, 525 A.2d 885 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1987), where it had not found abusive conduct when a supervisor made an unjust accusation against an employee and, in doing so, yelled at the employee with his office door ajar. In St. Barnabas, the employer had a handbook that required employees to report problems to higher management. There was no such policy here. Moreover, unlike the employee in St. Barnabas, Claimant made a good faith effort to resolve the problems with her supervisor by speaking directly with her. Therefore, St. Barnabas does not apply.