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Summary of Wisconsin Court Decision relating to Unemployment Insurance

Subject: Diane E. Steele  v. LIRC and Patricia J. Stuff, c/o Bonduel Clinic. (Brown Co. Cir. Ct., Case No. 84-CV-1167, May 28, 1985) 

Digest Codes: VL 1005   VL 1080.12

The employee worked as a nurse-practitioner for the employer, a medical clinic.  She quit claiming that she was being called upon to practice medicine without a license.  The ALJ found that the employee was not in fact being required to practice medicine without a license, and that her quitting was therefore without good cause attributable to the employing unit. LIRC affirmed, and the employee appealed.

Held: Affirmed.  There is ample testimony supporting the finding that the employee was not required to perform any duties unauthorized by law. "The laws on what a nurse-practitioner may and may not do are somewhat clouded and while this court can understand the stress that Mrs. Steele may have felt, if Dr. Stuff's testimony is believed, then she was not required to do anything which the law forbids". 

Please note that this is a summary prepared by staff of the commission, not a verbatim reproduction of the court decision.

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