Supreme Court Awards Unemployment Benefits To Worker Fired After Jail Stay Job Absence

Des Moines, Iowa — An employee of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) was fired for not showing up for work for almost a month. It turns out that the employee had been in jail on criminal charges unrelated to her job, charges that were later dismissed.

While the employer and the Iowa Employment Appeal Board considered this claimant to have abandoned her position, which resulted in the initial disqualification of her unemployment claim, the state’s Supreme Court overturned that ruling and awarded the claimant benefits.

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