Appealed from the Nineteenth Judicial District Court In and
for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana Docket
Number C657819 Honorable Todd Hernandez, Judge Presiding
Lewis Baton Rouge, LA Plaintiff/Appellant, pro se
Danelle L. Gilkes Claudeira M. Minor Cynthia T. Batiste
Jerome J. Burden Baton Rouge, LA Counsel for
Defendant/Appellee, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana
Board of Review
S. Guttman Thomas P. Anzelmo Isidro R. Derojas New Orleans,
LA Counsel for Defendant/Appellee, Sams East, Inc.
BEFORE: WHIPPLE, C.J., McCLENDON AND HIGGINBOTHAM, JJ.
Lewis, the claimant herein, appeals the district court's
judgment that affirmed the decision of the Board of Review
disqualifying him from unemployment benefits due to his
misconduct during employment. For the following reasons, we
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
was employed by Wal Mart Associates, Inc.,  at one of its
Sam's Club stores, as a part-time lot attendant. On
February 14, 2017, his employment was terminated on the basis
that he had accepted a gratuity from a club member, in
violation of company rules.
his discharge, Lewis filed a claim for unemployment
compensation benefits. However, his claim for benefits was
denied based on a finding that he had been discharged for
violation of a company policy of which he was aware.
appealed the Agency's determination to the Appeals
Tribunal of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. See LSA-R.S.
23:1628, LSA-R.S. 23:1629(A), & LAC 4O;IV.IO9. After
conducting a hearing by telephone, an Administrative Law
Judge ("ALJ") with the Appeals Tribunal issued a
written decision affirming the Agency's determination of
disqualification. See LAC 40:IV.115 & LAC 40;IV.123.
then appealed to the Board of Review ("the Board").
See LSA-R.S. 23:1630 & LAC 4O;IV.I25. After review of the
record, the Board affirmed the ALJ's decision
disqualifying Lewis from unemployment compensation benefits.
then filed a petition for judicial review in the district
court. See LSA-R.S. 23:1634(A). After considering the record
and oral argument of the parties, the district court issued a
"Ruling," concluding that the Board's decision
was lawfully supported by the evidence and, thus,
"order[ing] that the relief [Lewis sought] in his
request for judicial review be dismissed and the Board's
decision affirmed." Thereafter, by judgment dated
December 13, 2017, the district court, in accordance with its
"Ruling," affirmed the decision of the Board, which
had affirmed the ALJ's disqualification of Lewis for
unemployment compensation benefits.
now appeals to this court. While he does not specifically
list any assignments of error, Lewis essentially contends