Worker fired for helping traveler loses jobless pay

The Michigan Supreme Court says a Detroit Metropolitan Airport security guard fired for using a computer to help a traveler can’t collect unemployment benefits.
In a unanimous decision Friday, the court says lower courts exceeded their authority when they overturned a ruling by state officials.
U.S. Security Associates fired Carnice Hodge for misconduct at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Hodge was trying to help a harried traveler, but U.S. Security says she violated company policy in 2011 by using a computer to get flight information.
The company opposed her application for unemployment benefits. An administrative law judge and the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission ruled against Hodge before courts intervened.
The Supreme Court says Hodge still could have helped the traveler by directing the traveler to someone who had permission to provide flight information.

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