Hospital Security Officer Denied Unemployment Benefits

A majority of the judges hearing the case declared the officer’s actions qualified as willful misconduct.

A Pennsylvania court denied unemployment compensation to a hospital security officer who was fired in 2014.

A state Commonwealth Court panel reached a majority opinion Feb. 17 over the case of Beydi T. Yao, who was fired after shoving a patient, according to

Yao was a security officer at North Philadelphia Health System when he was called to assist another officer in the emergency room. Yao recognized the patient from a previous violent incident and asked the man to leave the hospital.

As the patient was exiting the building, Yao shoved the man from behind, causing him to fall. A surveillance camera caught the incident.

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After reviewing the footage, Yao was fired from the hospital for using excessive force.

Two of the three judges ruled that Yao’s actions constituted willful misconduct, which disqualifies him from receiving jobless compensation.

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