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06/01/76 ROBERT G. LADEAU v. DEPARTMENT EMPLOYMENT

June 1, 1976

ROBERT G. LADEAU
v.
DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY



Claim for workmen's compensation. Employment Security Board, Huber and Hill, members, present. Reversed and remanded.

Present: Barney, C.j., Smith, Daley, Larrow and Billings, JJ.

SYLLABUS BY THE COURT

1. Unemployment Compensation--Employment Termination--By Employer Without Good Cause

Where employee of thirty years, who made oil deliveries and service calls, took great pride in the vehicle assigned to his use and had several times objected to his employer about the disarray of parts and tools when others were allowed to use it, and during one such objection employer said he would use his vehicle as he saw fit and employee said he would rather quit before he would run the vehicle in that condition and employer said "Okay you can pick up your two weeks' severance pay", employee was fired and did not quit and could not be disqualified from unemployment compensation benefits on the ground of voluntary termination of his job. 21 V.S.A. § 1344(a)(2)(A).

2. Words and Phrases--Severance Pay

Dismissal or severance pay is money paid in addition to back wages to an employee on termination by the employer for reasons not attributable to the employee, and court would take judicial notice that absent a contractual or ...


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