Oh, my God! It is not as if this is the first time such an act ever occurred.
Nevertheless, for his transgressions _ taking food from his employer, Mr. Kirk was fired, then denied unemployment compensation benefits _ benefits that were restored by the Unemployment Compensation Board and sustained by Judge Irene Berger, subject to a six week disqualification period.
But the employer, Thomas Memorial Hospital, thought firing and a six-week disqualification wasn't a severe enough penalty.
So Thomas appealed (and lost) _ twice, with the Unemployment Compensation Board and in circuit court. I mean, Thomas was determined to send a message!
Now the majority of this Court has reversed the Unemployment Compensation Board and a good circuit judge. No mercy for food stealers!
I note that the lawyer who apparently led Thomas Memorial Hospital to this stunning victory over a food-stealing janitor (who had no lawyer) was treasurer of the Christian Legal Society when he was in law school. I wonder what a certain Carpenter's reaction would be to a decision that gave the maximum possible penalty to a janitor who took food at work without paying.
Accordingly, I dissent.