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Sam Clendion Jr., Plaintiff
vs.
County of Kent Self-Insured, Defendant


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Issues:
Random testing, workers compensation, employer liability.
 
Case Summary:
Sam Clendion appeals a magistrate's rejection of his application for workers' compensation benefits. Clendion, a former employee at a juvenile detention center, sustained injuries in a job-related incident. Following months of medical treatment and rest, Clendion returned to duty. Shortly thereafter he was ordered to participate in a random drug screening. He posted a positive result and subsequently was terminated. Clendion later petitioned for workers' compensation benefits for the earlier injury.
 
Decision of lower jurisdiction:
A state magistrate ruled that the detention center dismissed Clendion for just cause and that he was not eligible for benefits. Clendion now appeals.
 
Outcome:
Clendion loses. The Workers' Compensation Appellate Commission upheld the decision of the magistrate. The commission ruled the magistrate properly handled Clendion's application benefits.