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Rosetti v. Board of Review

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

August 30, 2013

ROCCO A. ROSETTI, Appellant,
v.
BOARD OF REVIEW, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Respondents.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted August 28, 2013

On appeal from the Board of Review, Department of Labor, Docket No. 348, 479.

Rocco A. Rosetti, appellant pro se.

John J. Hoffman, Acting Attorney General, attorney for respondent Board of Review (Lewis A. Scheindlin, Assistant Attorney General, of counsel; Alan C. Stephens, Deputy Attorney General, on the brief).

Respondent Waterford Township has not filed a brief.

Before Judges Waugh and Haas.

PER CURIAM

Appellant Rocco Rosetti appeals from the May 15, 2012 decision of the Board of Review (Board) affirming a decision of the Appeal Tribunal that he was disqualified for unemployment compensation benefits under N.J.S.A. 43:21-5(a) because he left work voluntarily without good cause attributable to the work. We affirm.

Appellant was employed as a police officer by Waterford Township (Township) from September 2006 until he resigned on February 25, 2011. Appellant suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition that existed prior to him becoming a police officer.

At the hearing before the Appeal Tribunal, appellant testified that, in February 2010, he was involved in what he termed an "accident" where "his skin was penetrated by a tweezers with a woman who had an illness." Five months later, on July 20, 2010, appellant went on sick leave to seek treatment for his OCD. When that leave expired on October 15, 2010, appellant took a "family medical leave of absence, " which expired on February 8, 2011.

At that time, both appellant's personal physician and the Township's doctor declared him medically fit to return to work. Appellant resumed his full-time duties as a police officer on February 9, 2011.

After two weeks, however, appellant requested another leave. He did not submit any medical documentation in support of his request and merely stated that he did not believe he could "effectively perform all duties to the best of my abilities." The Township denied appellant's request for a third leave of absence and, because he did not want to return to work, appellant was given the option of resigning or being discharged. Appellant decided to resign.

Appellant then filed an application for unemployment benefits, which was denied by the Director on the ground that appellant had left work voluntarily without good cause attributable to the work. Appellant appealed and the Appeal Tribunal affirmed the denial ...


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