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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT
vs.
NANCY M. PROPPER


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Issues:
Unemployment benefits
 
Case Summary:
Maryland officials appeal a circuit court ruling that grants unemployment benefits to a worker dismissed for gross misconduct. Nancy Propper applied for unemployment benefits after she was dismissed for routinely arriving late to work and leaving early. Her employer warned her that continued tardiness would result in firing. A state board considered these facts when reviewing Propper's application for benefits. The board disqualified her from receiving benefits. She filed an appeal to the circuit court.
 
Decision of lower jurisdiction:
The circuit court overturned the finding of the state review board and granted benefits. The state now appeals.
 
Outcome:
Propper loses. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed the decision of the lower court and denied benefits to Propper. The court said an employer has the right to establish standardized work hours and an additional right to dismiss employees who can't comply with those set hours.