The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that, given the fast and informal nature of unemployment compensation proceedings, as well as the economic risk in those actions, a factual finding made during an unemployment compensation hearing should not be afforded preclusive effect in a subsequent civil action brought by the same employee.
Rue v. K-Mart Corp., 713 A.2d 82 (Pa. 1998).
Jennifer R. Minter,
Legal Procedure - Collateral Estoppel Doctrine - Application of Collateral Estoppel from an Administrative Hearing to a Civil Action,
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