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Two Puncture Wounds in Three Months Not Good Cause for Quitting Work
Description Appeals court upheld the determination that a dental assistant who quit work because she suffered a puncture on her thumb twice in three months did not have good cause to quit work and so was not due unemployment compensation.
Topic Employment Law
Key Words Unemployment Compensation; Good Cause; Risks
C A S E   S U M M A R Y
Facts Antonucci worked as a dental assistant. She was stuck in the thumb with an instrument in January and again in March. Fearing for her health and safety, she quit work and applied for unemployment benefits. The Unemployment Appeals Commission denied her benefits, ruling that she quit without good cause. Such employment has risks of accidental puncture and what she experienced was not out of the ordinary. She appealed.

Affirmed. "An employee is disqualified from unemployment benefits only if she has voluntarily left work without good cause attributable to her employer. ‘Good cause' is that which ‘would reasonably impel the average able-bodied qualified worker to give up his or her employment'." The finding of the Unemployment Commission can be overturned only if competent substantial evidence supports the other position. Since that is not the case here, the ruling stands.

Citation Antonucci v. State of Florida, 793 So.2d 1116 (Dist. Ct. App., Fla., 2001)

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