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Sauerland v. Florida Unemployment Appeals Commission

District Court of Appeal of Florida
923 So.2d 1240 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2006)


Facts

Jason Sauerland (plaintiff) was employed as a juvenile-detention officer. One of Sauerland’s duties was to perform rounds, which involved making visual checks of each room under his supervision every 10 minutes. Sauerland was required to record each round in a logbook. This job requirement was discussed at an employee orientation attended by Sauerland and contained in an employee handbook received by Sauerland. Sauerland was aware that falsification of the logbook entries was grounds for termination. On September 28, 2004, Sauerland recorded rounds at 3:00 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 3:40 a.m., and 3:50 a.m. However, videotape footage revealed that Sauerland did not perform rounds at most of these times and had recorded at least two rounds that he did not actually perform. As a result, Sauerland’s employment was terminated. Sauerland was subsequently disqualified from receiving unemployment-compensation benefits on the grounds that he had been discharged for misconduct connected with work. The Florida Unemployment Appeals Commission (Commission) (defendant) affirmed. Sauerland appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lewis, J.)

Dissent (Ervin, J.)

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