Petitioner Sharion Larry was denied unemployment benefits by the DC Department of Employment Services on the grounds that she was discharged for gross misconduct on account of absenteeism. Larry appealed to the DC Court of Appeals, which held, in Larry v. National Rehabilitation Hospital, that the Agency’s finding of gross misconduct was not adequately supported in the record since the Agency did not make a determination of whether her absenteeism was willfull or deliberate–a prerequisite to a finding of “gross misconduct.” A copy of the decision can be read here.

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