Steven Soha


This comment discusses a disqualification common to all state statutes' disqualifying from benefits workers unemployed because of a labor dispute, and focuses upon the Washington Supreme Court's interpretation of the labor dispute disqualification in the Washington Unemployment Compensation Act. After discussing the court's approach to the disqualification in the context of Washington case law, the comment examines various policy considerations underlying the labor dispute disqualification and contrasts the Washington court's interpretation with the interpretation other state courts have accorded similar labor dispute disqualification statutes. Finally, the comment concludes that the Washington court's singularly narrow interpretation of the labor dispute disqualification results from a basic misunderstanding of the disqualification's function in unemployment insurance legislation.