Appealed From No. B-356606. State Agency Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.
Before: Honorable Joseph T. Doyle, Judge, Honorable Dan Pellegrini, Judge, Honorable Samuel L. Rodgers, Senior Judge. Opinion BY Judge Doyle.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Doyle
FILED: September 17, 1997
Lisa J. Gold (Claimant) appeals from an order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board), which affirmed a referee's decision to deny her benefits on the basis that she voluntarily quit her employment.
The record reveals that Claimant was employed by PA Beauty Supply (Employer) as a sales representative in Pittsburgh. Claimant began working for Employer in April, 1996, at which time she was informed that all sales representatives were required to attend several out-of-state mandatory meetings during the course of the year. When Claimant learned that a mandatory seminar was to be held from Friday, August 23, 1996, to Sunday, August 25, 1996, in Long Island, New York, she informed Employer's president, Mr. William Gunzburg, that she suffers from severe anxiety associated with commuting long distances in automobiles. Mr. Gunzburg explained to Claimant that she would have to take the trip to Long Island with four other employees by automobile, and that the trip would be made in two days. Claimant and the other employees were to drive from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, where they would spend the night, and then drive the next day to Long Island. Mr. Gunzburg told Claimant that the trip home would be made in one day, and that the drive would take approximately six to six and one-half hours. Claimant agreed to attend the seminar.
Mr. Gunzburg testified before the referee that he told Claimant that any employee who did not attend the seminar in Long Island would be discharged. He stated the following:
[Q:] . . . Specifically what was she told about the seminar, and was she told anything . . . as to the consequences if she failed to attend the seminar?
[A:] She was told that she would be discharged if she did not attend the seminar. . . .
[Q:] You stated to her that if she did not attend, she would be fired, or words to that affect is that your testimony?
[Q:] In the course of [Claimant's] prior . . . months of employment with you, when was the last time that you told her that the failure to do ...