Another Lesson in the Law from the Big Top

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently ruled that an employee who called his supervisor an “f***ing clown” was not eligible for unemployment benefits following his most predictable termination.  

The Court’s decision is linked here for your reading pleasure:  Miller v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.  The case of this foul-mouthed employee has inspired the following prose:


He might have safely suggested his boss was fit for the circus
But he was much more specific, we assume with some purpose
His firing was instant, no big surprise there
But refuse to pay his unemployment, well they wouldn’t dare

This would surely infringe on a basic right of humanity
To be free to address supervisors with the worst of profanity
Employers have no right to all roses and serenity
They should expect office discourse to include a dose of obscenity

 His firing he acknowledged was indeed self-inflicted
But he was not a bad guy as he had been depicted
Merely a few unkind words should not cause such a fuss
What’s this world coming to if you can’t even cuss 

His pleas to the appellate judges they said they weren’t buying
It is willful misconduct, but thank you for trying
They ruled benefits for being jobless were rightly turned down
So be warned you may not call your boss an expletive clown


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