State employee discharged for sending threatening e-mail.

Topic: Employment, Decided by: Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1501930 , Decision Date: December 17, 2014 
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The Department of Corrections suspended, and thereafter terminated Petitioner, a classified employee, for sending an e-mail containing threatening language and vivid descriptions of violence to another employee.  Petitioner appealed, contending that the purpose of the e-mail was to point out deficits in workplace security.  The Court upheld Petitioner’s termination inasmuch as a reasonable person would construe the e-mail as a threat.

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