Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in the case of In Re: Claim of Edward L. Griffy, No. B-182117.
Michael H. Kaliner, for petitioner.
William Kennedy, Assistant Attorney General, with him Richard Wagner, Chief Counsel, and Harvey Bartle, III, Attorney General, for respondent.
Judges Mencer, MacPhail and Palladino, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Palladino. Judge Wilkinson, Jr. did not participate in the decision in this case.
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This is an appeal from a decision and order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) which affirmed a referee's decision denying unemployment compensation benefits to Edward Griffy (Claimant). The referee and the Board found that Claimant had voluntarily terminated his employment
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without cause of a necessitous and compelling nature, and that he was therefore ineligible to receive benefits pursuant to Section 402(b)(1) of the Unemployment Compensation Law (Law), Act of December 5, 1936, Second Ex. Sess., P.L. (1937) 2897, as amended, 43 P.S. § 802(b)(1). We affirm.
The only issue raised in this appeal is whether the Board capriciously disregarded competent evidence by not accepting as credible Claimant's allegation that he was fired from his job.
At the referee's hearing Claimant testified that he had been called to his supervisor's office following his involvement in a fight with a fellow employee, and that his supervisor had fired him. A statement from Claimant's employer was also entered into evidence which suggested that Claimant might have been fired. Claimant's supervisor testified, however, that he had not intended to fire Claimant following the fight, and that Claimant had simply entered his office, had twice said "I know I am fired[,]" and had left. Based on this testimony the referee made the following contested findings of fact which were subsequently adopted by the Board:
3. The claimant reported to the plant manager's office and said, 'I know I am fired.'
4. The plant manager did not say that the claimant was fired. He asked claimant to sit down and talk over the situation.
5. The claimant refused to sit down and discuss the matter and said, 'I know I am fired' a second ...