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In re Claim of Stelmach

Supreme Court of New York, Third Department

May 23, 2013

In the Matter of the Claim of CYNTHIA E. STELMACH, Appellant. and COMMISSIONER OF LABOR, Respondent.

Calendar Date: April 3, 2013

Cynthia E. Stelmach, Alden, appellant pro se.

Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, New York City (Linda D. Joseph of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Rose, J.P., Lahtinen, Stein and Spain, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Appeal from a decision of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, filed October 24, 2011, which, among other things, ruled that claimant was disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits because she voluntarily left her employment without good cause.

Upon review of the record, we find that substantial evidence supports the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board's ruling that claimant voluntarily left her employment as a sales manager at a boutique without good cause (see Matter of Williams [Commissioner of Labor], 102 A.D.3d 1051, 1052 [2013]). The employer testified that he observed claimant abandon her work station at a busy time, without permission, to conduct a personal transaction unrelated to her job. As a result, he told her to leave for the day and he would speak to her the following Monday. He testified that claimant was not fired, however, he did decide to briefly suspend her by leaving her off the work schedule for the first four days of the following week and only placing her on the schedule for Friday. According to the employer, when claimant saw the schedule, she thereafter informed a coworker that she felt that she no longer had a job with the employer and proceeded to leave the premises with all of her personal belongings [1]. Although claimant disputed the employer's version of events and testified that she believed the employer terminated her when he took her off the schedule for four days, this created a credibility issue for the Board to resolve (see Matter of Georgatos Commissioner of Labor], 100 A.D.3d 1130, 1131 [2012]).

Finally, "inasmuch as claimant inaccurately represented when applying for benefits that she left her job due to a lack of work" (Matter of Powell [Commissioner of Labor], 79 A.D.3d 1507, 1508 [2010], lv denied 17 N.Y.3d 701 [2011]), we find no basis to disturb the Board's imposition of recoverable overpayments of regular and emergency unemployment insurance compensation benefits, as well as forfeiture penalties (see Matter of Monserrate [Commissioner of Labor], 102 A.D.3d 1046, 1047 [2013]).

Rose, J.P., Lahtinen, Stein and Spain, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the decision is affirmed, without costs.


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