A volunteer Hiawatha fireman and member of the Linn County Haz-Mat team was fired from his job last year after arriving an hour late for work because he had been responding to an emergency call, according to Unemployment Insurance Benefits records that you can find here.
According to those records he was “told that he could respond to calls outside of work hours that went in to work time” but that “he could not take emergency calls during work hours.”
The records go on that he “was supposed to notify the employer of his absence as soon as he safely could do so. The employer understood (the employee) could not drive an emergency vehicle and talk to the employer on his cellular telephone to report his absence.”
“On Nov. 3, 2008, (he) responded to an emergency call. He reported his tardiness to the employer as soon as he could (and) arrived at work one hour late and worked the rest of the day. At the end of his shift the employer terminated (him). Later the employer laid off approximately 200 workers.”
In the ruling posted online today, an administrative law judge allowed unemployment benefits to the person because misconduct was not proven.