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Perkins v. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth District

June 25, 2019

Gayle L. Perkins, Appellant-Appellant,
v.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services et al., Appellees-Appellees.

          APPEAL from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (C.P.C. No. 17CV-8411)

         On brief:

          Gayle L. Perkins, pro se.

          Dave Yost, Attorney General, and David E. Lefton, for appellee Director, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

         Argued:

          Gayle L. Perkins.

          David E. Lefton.

          DECISION

          LUPER SCHUSTER, J.

         {¶ 1} Appellant, Gayle L. Perkins, appeals from a decision and entry of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas affirming the order of appellees, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ("ODJFS"), Unemployment Compensation Review Commission ("commission"), and Director, ODJFS. For the following reasons, we affirm.

         I. Facts and Procedural History

         {¶ 2} In 2017, Perkins was receiving unemployment compensation pursuant to a claim arising from employment with Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc. While receiving unemployment compensation, Perkins pursued an employment opportunity with Adams and Wilkes Group, Inc., doing business as Aryes Staffing ("Aryes").

         {¶ 3} Initially, Perkins expressed interest in the posted position of "Staffing Recruiter" with Aryes. There are minor factual disagreements in the record about the contents of the initial discussions, but the parties agree that Perkins ultimately accepted immediate employment with Aryes in the capacity of an administrator, where she was tasked with performing clerical work directly for Aryes' owner, Mark Adams.

         {¶ 4} On June 14, 2017, Perkins reported for her first day of work at Aryes around 11:30 a.m. and began her employment duties shortly thereafter. Perkins performed her job duties until approximately 5:00 p.m. that same day. After leaving for the day, Perkins decided not to continue her employment with Aryes, and she submitted a written letter of resignation the following day, June 15, 2017.

         {¶ 5} Also on June 15, 2017, Perkins submitted an application for additional unemployment compensation benefits. The director of ODJFS issued a July 20, 2017 redetermination that Perkins had quit her most recent employment without just cause and suspended her benefit rights until she worked six weeks of covered employment and ...


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