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Jaime v. Director, Department of Employment Security

Appellate Court of Illinois
704 N.E.2d 721 (Ill. Ct. App. 1998)


Facts

Maria Jaime (plaintiff) worked for Ed Miniat, Inc. (Miniat) (defendant) for approximately 10 years at a plant near her home. In December 1995, Miniat moved the plant from Chicago’s south side to South Holland, which was located 16 miles away. Jaime, who did not drive, initially received rides from a coworker to the new location. After about six weeks, the coworker resigned from Miniat. In February 1996, Jaime resigned from Miniat because she had no other means of transportation to work. Jaime sought unemployment-compensation benefits. After a hearing, the referee found that Jaime had voluntarily left her job and was therefore not eligible for unemployment-compensation benefits. The Board of Review of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (Board) (defendant) affirmed. On August 23, 1996, Jaime sought administrative review against Miniat, the Board, and the director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (Director) (defendant). The trial court reversed the Board’s decision. The Board and the Director appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (McNamara, J.)

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