JetBlue Flight Attendant Quits In Dramatic Fashion

On August 9, 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater decided he had had enough so he cursed out an entire aircraft, grabbed a beer and then exited the plane by deploying the emergency slide.  Now, Slater is being hailed as the working class hero.  As the plane taxied at New York’s JFK Airport, Slater tried to assist a woman who was struggling with her carry-on luggage.  The woman allegedly “maliciously” hit him on his head with her luggage.  That’s when Slater apparently grabbed the plane’s intercom and made an expletive-laced speech, grabbed a beer from the galley, opened the door and slid down the emergency evacuation chute.  Slater, who lives in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, New York, has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass.  Despite his pending criminal charges, Slater has received much recognition for his dramatic exit off the plane.  Full Article

Many working class individuals day dream of quitting their job “Slater style.”  However, before you quit your job in a grandiose manner, you may want rethink your strategy if you plan to apply for unemployment benefits.  According to the New York State Department of Labor’s website, your unemployment benefits may be denied in the following circumstances:  if you were fired because your employer alleged that you violated a company policy, rule or procedure, such as absenteeism or insubordination; because of a disagreement or dispute with a boss or co-worker; or you were fired for any other reason;  if you quit your job;  if you are unemployed because of a work stoppage in the last 49 days which was conducted in violation of an existing collective bargaining agreement in the establishment in which you were employed. It is not necessary that you are actually participating in the strike, but only that you are not working because of the strike in the facility in which you worked.  For more information, please visit the NYS Department of Labor’s website:  NYS Dept of Labor

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