[No. 396, September Term, 1971.]

266 Md. 223 (1972)

292 A.2d 653


Court of Appeals of Maryland.

Decided July 3, 1972.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

H. Maxwell Hersch, with whom was Robert J. Crum on the brief, for appellant.

Gordon C. Murray and James N. Phillips, with whom were Francis B. Burch, Attorney General, Joel J. Rabin and Diana Motz, Assistant Attorneys General, and James I. Keenan, Jr., on the brief, for appellees.

The cause was argued before BARNES, McWILLIAMS, SINGLEY, SMITH and DIGGES, JJ.

SINGLEY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court.

The issue underlying this appeal is whether the absenteeism and tardiness of an employee can constitute "gross misconduct" within the meaning of our Unemployment Insurance Law, Maryland Code (1957, 1969 Repl. Vol.) Art. 95A (the Act).

Ethel L. Watkins, who had been employed by United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company (USF&G) as a charwoman for about six years, was discharged for absenteeism on 1 February...

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