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RICHARD P. BEVILLE v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (10/24/74)

COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: October 24, 1974.

RICHARD P. BEVILLE, APPELLANT,
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BOARD OF REVIEW, APPELLEE

Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, in case of In Re: Appeal of Richard P. Beville, No. B-119795.

COUNSEL

Harry A. Dower, with him Boyd G. Hixson, for appellant.

Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, with him Israel Packel, Attorney General, for appellee.

Judges Crumlish, Jr., Wilkinson, Jr., and Rogers, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Rogers.

Author: Rogers

[ 15 Pa. Commw. Page 372]

This unemployment compensation appeal is a companion to our opinion in Beville v. State Civil Service Commission, 15 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 341, 327 A.2d 196 (No. 1680 C.D. 1973, filed October 24, 1974), filed simultaneously herewith. The facts set forth in our opinion in that case, in which we held that the appellant's discharge from his civil service position with the State Liquor Control Board for assaulting another employe was for just cause.

The only question here is whether the appellant's discharge was for wilful misconduct rendering him ineligible for benefits. Section 402(e) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, Act of December 5, 1936, Second Ex. Sess., P.L. (1937) 2897, as amended, 43 P.S. ยง 802(e).

As we recently reiterated in Kentucky Fried Chicken of Altoona, Inc. v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 10 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 90, 309 A.2d 165 (1973), wilful misconduct has been judicially defined as (1) the wanton and wilful disregard of the employer's interest, (2) the deliberate violation of rules, (3) the disregard of standards of behavior which an employer can rightfully expect from his employe, or (4) negligence which manifests culpability, wrongful intent, evil design, or intentional and substantial disregard for the employer's interests or the employe's duties and obligations. A deliberate assault upon another on the employer's premises clearly falls within two of those categories.

[ 15 Pa. Commw. Page 373]

We are mindful of Mr. Beville's long and exemplary record of service to the Board. However, a single act of misconduct, if sufficiently serious, will justify a denial of benefits. Fritsche Unemployment Compensation Case, 196 Pa. Superior Ct. 574, 176 A.2d 186 (1961).

Our review is limited to questions of law and a determination as to whether the Board's findings are supported by the evidence. Questions of credibility and the weight to be given evidence are for the Board. We discern no error of law and we find ample support for the findings upon which the decision of the administrative agency was based.

Order

And Now, this 24th day of October, 1974, it is ordered that the appeal of Richard P. Beville from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review be and it hereby is dismissed.

Disposition

Affirmed.

19741024

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