ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a worker’s mistake on the job is not enough reason to deny unemployment benefits.
Joan Dourney was fired from Panino’s Restaurant in Shoreview in January 2010 for serving alcohol to a minor. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that when Dourney tried to file for unemployment, she was told she was ineligible because the restaurant found her guilty of misconduct.READ MORE: 'We Cannot Let This Be A Tragic, Lost Opportunity': Ben Crump Urges Lawmakers Not To Give Up On George Floyd Justice In Policing Act
A judge found that Dourney’s firing wasn’t due to misconduct and she should receive benefits. The restaurant appealed. The appeals court issued its ruling Tuesday.READ MORE: Nurse Sues For Emotional Trauma In 2019 Lake Minnetonka Murder-Suicide
Dourney claimed she assumed the customer was older than 21 because she was accompanied by Dourney’s former co-worker, whom she knew was old enough to drink.MORE NEWS: BCA: Officer Use Of Force Under Investigation In Mounds View
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