Just a follow up on a post from this past March when I had the opportunity to argue a case in front of the Indiana Supreme Court. The Court issued its opinion today, and I’m pleased to report that my client was on the winning side.(pdf) My description back then:
[B]asically, it had to do with whether an employee was discharged for just cause or not. If so, the employee is not entitled to unemployment benefits. If not, the employee is. The primary wrinkle for the Supreme Court had to do with the fact that IC 22-4-15-1(d) has a number of examples of ‘just cause’ for termination. The Court of Appeals felt like the example selected by the Review Board was not well supported. I made the argument that even if that particular example wasn’t well supported, some of the others were. The Court of Appeals said they couldn’t look to any other example other than the one chosen by the Review Board. I said they could and asked the Supreme Court to say so as well.
The Court agreed with my argument that an appellate court is permitted to affirm a finding of just cause by the Review Board under an alternate legal basis, not analyzed by the Review Board, so long as the findings of fact by the Review Board support that alternate legal basis.