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by Paul Kerstein

Court Upholds Firing for Workplace Violence Joke

Oct 18, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

The Hawaii Supreme Court upheld a decision to deny unemploymentbenefits to a former employee of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel after she wasfired for making a joke about workplace violence. A Pacific Business News article on MSNBC.comreports that state law allows the Department of Labor to deny joblessbenefits to a worker fired for misconduct, which can range fromunexcused absences to theft. Susan C. Medeiros was fired after shejokingly placed her hands around the throat of a co-worker and shookher for about five seconds. Read more.