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Lester v. Department of Employment Security

Appellate Court of Illinois
819 N.E.2d 1143 (Ill. App. Ct. 2004)


Susan Lester (plaintiff) worked as a diverting coordinator for Purity Supermarketing, Inc. (Purity) for over seven years. In May 2001, Lester’s employment was terminated due to financial reasons. Prior to her termination, Lester had been working 35 hours per week at an annual salary of $70,200, and had been receiving benefits and quarterly bonuses. In July 2001, Purity offered Lester a position similar to her old position. The annual salary for the new position was also $70,200, and included comparable benefits and two bonuses per year. The new position required 40 hours of work per week and was located about 30 minutes farther away than Lester’s old office. Although Lester was competent to perform the duties of the new position, she refused the job offer because she was dissatisfied with the salary, workload, longer commute, and number of bonuses. Lester subsequently sought unemployment benefits with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (Department) (defendant). The Department denied Lester benefits based on a finding that she had refused, without good cause, to accept suitable work. The Board of Review and the circuit court affirmed. Lester appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (South, J.)

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