IN RE: the Claim of Darcie GATZA

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, New York.

IN RE: the Claim of Darcie GATZA, Appellant. John E. Sweeney, as Commissioner of Labor, Respondent.

Decided: February 19, 1998

Before MERCURE, J.P., and CREW, YESAWICH, SPAIN and CARPINELLO, JJ. Darcie Gatza, Cheektowaga, in person. Dennis C. Vacco, Attorney General (Marjorie S. Leff, of counsel), New York City, for respondent.

Appeal from a decision of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, filed January 9, 1997, which ruled that claimant was disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance benefits because she voluntarily left her employment without good cause.

 Claimant was employed as a hairdresser and was paid on a commission basis.   She resigned after realizing that, based on the total number of hours she worked, the commission she earned was less than the minimum wage.   Claimant did not, however, discuss this concern with her employer prior to her resignation.   Substantial evidence supports the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board's ruling that claimant voluntarily left her employment without good cause.   It has previously been held that dissatisfaction with one's wages does not constitute good cause for leaving one's employment (see, Matter of Stoddard [Sweeney], 242 A.D.2d 817, 661 N.Y.S.2d 885), particularly where, as here, the claimant fails to protect his or her employment by bringing the concern to the employer's attention prior to resigning (see, Matter of Abrams [Sweeney], 240 A.D.2d 833, 658 N.Y.S.2d 541).   The record also supports the Board's finding that claimant quit because of her inability to get along with a coworker, a reason which has been found to be insufficient to establish good cause under the Labor Law (see, Matter of Elkan-Moore [Hudacs], 191 A.D.2d 914, 595 N.Y.S.2d 141).

ORDERED that the decision is affirmed, without costs.


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