Appeal, No. 129, Oct. T., 1959, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-49061, in re claim of Alfred Scheibel. Decision affirmed.
George D. Parrish, with him William R. Pomerantz, for appellant.
Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, with him Anne X. Alpern, Attorney General, for appellee.
Before Rhodes, P.j., Hirt, Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ.
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Alfred Scheibel was employed as a picture framer by Artcraft Picture Framing, 23 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His last day of work was January 25, 1957. He did not apply for benefits until March 20, 1958, a delay of almost fourteen months. His application was disallowed by the Bureau of Employment Security, the Referee, and the Board of Review on the ground that his unemployment was due to voluntarily leaving work without cause of a necessitous and compelling nature under Section 402(b) of
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the Unemployment Compensation Law. Act of December 5, 1936, P.L. (1937) 2897, 43 P.S. 802(b). This appeal followed.
Claimant's original statement was as follows: "I had a quarrel with another employe and I quit". In his appeal from the Bureau's determination, claimant took the position, which he has since maintained, that he had a necessitous and compelling reason to leave work because "he was placed in fear of bodily harm and injury". Claimant was aged 78 years and had a heart condition. He was apparently a meticulous workman and could not tolerate what he considered substandard work on the part of anyone else. Claimant admitted that it was difficult for him to get along with his co-workers. On the day in question he vigorously criticized a female employe for a "bum job". The woman complained to her husband, who was working on an upper floor. The husband, a much younger and stronger man, came down to remonstrate with claimant and an altercation ensued. A fellow employe intervened, and no blows were struck. Claimant worked until the end of the day and then told his fellow employe that he was going to quit. He did not discuss the particular incident with his employer, who testified: "He explained it was hard for him to get along with people it was better for him to quit". Claimant was not discharged or laid off and continued work was available.
Our consideration of appeals of this nature is governed by certain well-established principles as follows: (1) The burden is upon claimant to prove that he is entitled to benefits; (2) The credibility of witnesses, the weight of their testimony, and the reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom are for the Board, and it is our duty to view the evidence in the light most favorable to the party in whose favor the Board has
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found; (3) We are not at liberty to disturb findings of fact which are supported by competent evidence. See Pierce Unemployment Compensation ...