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EVERTON BROWN v. MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION

Administrative law — Disqualification from benefits — Misconduct

This appeal arises from a decision of the Board of Appeals (the “Board”) of the Department of Labor, Licencing and Regulation (“DLLR”) concerning a claim for unemployment benefits filed by Everton Brown. Mr. Brown sought benefits after he was terminated from his employment with AEG Environmental, Inc. (“AEG”). A DLLR claims specialist denied his claim after finding that he had been terminated for “gross misconduct,” as that term is used in Md. Code (1999, 2008 Repl. Vol., 2015 Supp.), § 8- 1002 of the Labor and Employment Article (“LE”). A hearing examiner for DLLR reduced the finding to “misconduct,” LE § 8-1003, and imposed the statutory minimum ten-week disqualification from benefits.

Mr. Brown appealed the hearing examiner’s decision to the Board and to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, unsuccessfully, and now appeals to this Court.

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