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How Paying Back Unemployment Can Cost More If You Do It Wrong

What You Need to Know About Unemployment "Benefits"

This summer I was in the unfortunate position of receiving unemployment. While it was nice to have the money to help with bills, later I was hit with the true price of taking it.

Because our wonderful (irony alert) government made a mistake, I now have to suffer. Not just me, but my whole family—even my brother's family, my sister's family, my mom, and my dad.

All these people are going to suffer because the government made a mistake and now wants me to repay the money. While I realize that I have no choice but to pay the sum back, I feel like I have been injured in a serious way. If I did not qualify for the money, then why the heck did they give it to me to begin with? I have been a hard-working person, with three jobs prior getting laid off of two and leaving the other due to family needs.

Every American that has ever been though hard times knows what it is like to need help from others. We are at our most vulnerable during those times. So why is our own government taking advantage of us at this time?

Every American that has ever been though hard times knows what it is like to need help from others. We are at our most vulnerable during those times. So why is our own government taking advantage of us at this time?

So when they told me that I could get $380 a week, I thought great. It was not what I had been making, but it would help pay the bills until I could start working again. I went all summer—two and a half months—with no work. Finally I got to go back to one of my previous jobs. But wait, this is when things got FUBAR-ed. Because I was only working a part-time schedule at first, I was still supposed to get my unemployment. Guess what? They recalculated my unemployment, and I got hit with the news that I supposedly owed them a vast amount of money for the whole summer: $2,400! Yes, $2,400. I could not believe it myself, so I went down to the unemployment office and waited hours to see someone who then told me to call the main office in Indianapolis because they could not help me. What a crock. So I called and was put into the wonderful calling-automated system. To my amazement, I was hung up on not once, not twice, but three times before I could actually talk to a person. That meant I spent a total of four-and-a-half hours making phone calls only to have them tell me that it would take another week while they reviewed my case.

A week later and guess what, I did not get a phone call or a letter. One month later, I received a letter telling me I had one week to pay back the money in full or be penalized. Well, the job I am at doesn't pay the kind of money to do that easily. I drive a school bus for Christ's sake. So now I HAVE TO LEAVE MY JOB AND MY FAMILY TO TAKE A NEW JOB THAT PUTS ME OUT ON THE ROAD IN DANGERS UNKNOWN just to pay that MONEY back. I would have never taken this money if I had know all the grief it was going to cause. I would have rather had my utilities shut off and lost my house, but still be with my family, than to go through all this.

For the other part of my family—my brother and his family, my sister and her family, and my mom and dad—I must say I am sorry you will not be seeing me any time soon. Not even for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. I can't even afford to send presents this year. My kids are not going to even get much for the holidays except for what little I can scrounge up and for what's absolutely necessary.

Why would the government do this to me, ruining my life in such a way? They don't care how this is affecting me and my family. They get to keep their jobs, and be with their families, and have money to buy presents for holidays.

Before all this started, back when I had three jobs, I was gone a lot as well. But I was able to come home every night and spend time with my family. I earned a decent pay for a decent day's work. It was around $580 weekly. Now I work much worse hours and can only earn $250 a week. What has this country turned into? Crap, that is what I am thinking, pure crap. Our government sucks and doesn't act on behalf of or even pretend to care about the people it affects.

I hope to make a difference some day, but only after I put this all behind me. I have a long journey to make this money up, and it's not possible with my current job. So now I have to go find a new job, possibly one that will require vast amounts of traveling, which is difficult for my family. But come next election time, I am going to run for office and fire every single one of those bastards at the unemployment office if elected, so join me in my cause.

I need political help, management, etc. I hope to hear from you soon.

I am the average person and will fight for all people to have equal and fair rights. My greatest goal is for everyone to be treated as a person.

If the government makes a mistake, then the people should not have to pay. If I make a mistake, then I should have to pay.

Let's put the scales of justice to use and start standing up for ourselves. We need to stop being the victims of a system that is obviously wrong in the way that it treats people.

Let's put the scales of justice to use and start standing up for ourselves. We need to stop being the victims of a system that is obviously wrong in the way that it treats people.

Thank you for reading this, and please let everyone know to beware of unemployment pay. It sucks to have to go through what I am going through now, and I don't want anyone else to go through it as well.

Okay, time to step this up. After nearly three-and-a-half years, I am getting people with similar stories together to file a class action lawsuit against the government. I am looking for any and all people who would like to join me in this. I need at least 100 people to initially join into a signed agreement to file a class action suit and am working to hire a law firm capable handling a class action suit of this size.

Again, we need at least 100 names and emails to get things rolling. Please join me in standing up for what is right. Because of these truly immoral practices, unemployment benefits do not help, but instead hurt not only people, but also families and our country. It is a bad policy, and we need to stand up to it. So please join me in a cause that is worth fighting for. Don't let this broken system continue to hurt others and ruin families and lives.

I am now no longer married because the money issues stemming from unemployment payback has led to a divorce. Is that funny, or what? Someone has been robbing the system blind because those that need the money are not getting the help they truly need and deserve.

Do you qualify?

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. Have you ever applied for unemployment?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Was there an issue that denied your benifits?
    • Yes
    • NO
  3. Was your issue settled to your satisfaction?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Did you recieve notice of overpayment. (payment demanded)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Issue resolved but you were wronged
    • Issue resolved to your satisfaction
    • You ignored this issue or issue still pending
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For each answer you selected, add up the indicated number of points for each of the possible results. Your final result is the possibility with the greatest number of points at the end.

  1. Have you ever applied for unemployment?
    • Yes
      • You are Qualified: +1
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • No
      • You are Qualified: -5
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
  2. Was there an issue that denied your benifits?
    • Yes
      • You are Qualified: +2
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • NO
      • You are Qualified: -2
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
  3. Was your issue settled to your satisfaction?
    • Yes
      • You are Qualified: -5
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • No
      • You are Qualified: +3
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
  4. Did you recieve notice of overpayment. (payment demanded)
    • Yes
      • You are Qualified: +5
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • No
      • You are Qualified: -4
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • Issue resolved but you were wronged
      • You are Qualified: +4
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • Issue resolved to your satisfaction
      • You are Qualified: 0
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0
    • You ignored this issue or issue still pending
      • You are Qualified: +5
      • You are not Qualified: 0
      • Undetermined most likely you qualify: 0

This table shows the meaning of each possible result:

You are Qualified

If You qualify this means that you met the basic requirements to join in a class action law suit against the unemployment system

You are not Qualified

You did not meet the requirments to join class action law suit

Undetermined most likely you qualify

Not a definite but you might still qualify for class action law suit against unemployment system

Unemployment poll

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments on August 08, 2020:

Please help me unemployment is taking all of my money and I have nothing to make ends meet with

Elissa on July 12, 2020:

I would like to sign it. I owr over 4000

Jenn on July 02, 2020:

Our family was hit hard as well. Through my husbands employer he would work a week off a week and sometimes only a few hours in a week and was approved unemployment. He was to pay back 10,000 we currently still owe 7,000. He was doing it how they explained it to him bu company and unemployment to find out later he was overpaid and they wanted to prosecute him but we got lucky there because he was honest told truth. He did end up getting fired from job for fraud. I always thought fraud was when you know you are committing the crime. He didnt know he wasnt doing it right and why wait so long before they tell you. i would like to join the class action. it ruined our life to.

Kelly on May 05, 2020:

I can only wish my situation was f'd up to the extent that you have experienced.when I read your story I could have swore that I had written it, word for word, with one exception...I was required to pay back $34,700 and change, which actually totalled over $50,000 by the time I washed my hands of the heartless bastards. I worked the same job for 15 years and was entitled to what I received. I wasn't fraudulent and to the best of my knowledge did everything that was asked to do or was required to do. I was overpayed and demanded to repay ever cent as well as an additional $16,000 in interest and penalties over the last seven years. My wages were garnished for seven years. My life was completely controlled as to where I could go and what I was going to eat, thanks to the meager wages I was allowed to keep. Even though I earned a fair wage I was forced to the food banks and community action and loans from friends and family to stay alive. Had I known I would be thrown into poverty by the very agency that I thought was offered to help when chips were down, pulled the carpet right out from under us and kicked us while we were down. Repeatedly! I could rant forever but who wants to hear that? I would, however, love to tell my stories over the misery and hardship my family and I were put through, because of a mistake that they made, to a jury of my peers. I definitely believe that I am deserving of not only the $16,000 I was charged in penalties and interest but also compensation for the hell myself and my friends and family were thrown into. I can honestly say that I don't know that I will be able to recover, mentally or financially, from this horribly bexhausting experience, in this lifetime. Thanks for the help.

Doug on December 14, 2019:

I hate them so much. Im going threw the same thing right now. They want about 2400 back. Always get hung up on. They never call you back.

Tracy warren on November 03, 2019:

i am stil dealing with this and i too feel wronged and i did everything they asked and went to scheduled work groups and meetings with a worker and not once was i told i was doing anything wrong and that i was reporting everything right n that all looked correct,,,after a year i was no longer claiming benefits and i later get notice i owe over 14000...WTH,, So i too will stand up and give you my name and be part of a lawsuit...that i feel i was wronged

hope9595 on October 06, 2019:

I will never file for unemployment benefits again. I am beyond sick and afraid. Like im losing sleep. So in addition to being employed part time now i am afraid of being in trouble for not understanding their beyond trickly rules. I teach part time at a local community college. They will not allow us to teach more than a maximum of nine hours per week because they do not want to give us retirement or benefits. We always go a month in between semesters with no pay or work. This happens about 4 times per year. Our union fought for us to have a right to file for unemployment during the breaks and when we have reduced course loads since we are not regular employees of the school system. So I have been overpaid by 6100 dollars. This is about half of my total claim for last year. Also I received penalties and forfeit days and entered into a repayment plan. Received two letters about right to appeal and another from investigations stating that if i dont pay it back they will garnish my wages, income tax, put it on my credit. That is if I'm lucky. I am afraid they think I did something on purpose. In NYS you are supposed to be able to receive while working part time. When I applied I was completely unemployed. Most of the year I worked a maximum of six hours per week.. Another thing is our hours worked do not necessarily get recorded for the week that we actually worked. Its a super confusing system. They take our total hours and divide them equally for a semester. So now, what the Board of Higher Ed reported to unemployment and what actually occurred do not match. Thing is I wasnt even trying to hide anything. I put the unemployment payments on my income tax return and paid taxes on it. I even reapplied for this year when I only received one class. I am going to pay 200 per month through February and then give them my entire tax return for the rest, earned income credit and all. I am a single mom of two boys. Husband is deceased. It just seems so unfair when you have wealthy people out there scamming the system and you penalize hard working people.

Kyla on September 29, 2019:

I forgot that i left a hostile temp job that i worked at for a week after completing a several months long assignment for the same temp company and this happened to me. Thankfully i only owe 200 something but it still pisses me off that they gave it to me in the first place if i didnt "deserve" it. Isnt that what the week waiting period is for? Jesus...govt do your job.

Sam on August 05, 2019:

I am suffering through this right now and that is how i found this article. I was accepted for unemployment and now after 1 month of receiving it and a total of 2 months later they are now saying i owe them over $2000 dollars!!

Marcus Foster on August 02, 2019:

I am going thru this now. I was overpaid two checks months ago for a total of $550. They are demanding all the money that I legally drew for the year plus the $550. By the time I received notice and penalties are added they said I owe over $7100. What the hell?

Ken Ryu on July 06, 2019:

When i first filed for unemployment, i was suppose to get a phone call interview from the EDD, but i never got one. I never got a payment because of this. EDD sided with the employer. I then had to file an appeal to get in front of a judge. Myself and my employer were present, and the judge sided with me. I basically got kick back for about a month and a half on a debit card. I start a new job next week and will notify the EDD so they can stop benefits. Where people get in trouble is when they get a job, no matter the pay or hours, they continue to receive benefits, and not tell the EDD. They will eventually find out and thats when you get the overpayment letter. it doesn't matter if you get a pt job 10 hours a week and it's not enough. The EDD just wants you to get a job to stop payment to you. They don't care if it supports your family or not. They are trash like that. Gotta play by the rules. Back to my story, my employer filed an appeal. I got the letter today. Says i have to do nothing unless requested for information, which would mean another hearing, another judge. I got kick back $3100 but when i start his new job, i will stop benefits

Erica Waldron on June 06, 2019:

YES...This is exactly what happen to me.

It was over 12 years ago.

I only received the benefits for a couple of months. Then I received the letter stating that I had been over paid and that my benefits where gonna stop.

The letter stated that I could appeal this, but the reason your collecting unemployment is because you DONT HAVE A JOB.

So when they start demanding payment right a way....thats a joke.

Who can do that at that time. When I found out my benefits where going to be stopped. The last thing on my mind was trying to fight this.

My top focus was making sure there was a roof over my head and food in my stomach. After that, I lost my apt and I spend the next five years struggling to stay a float. I had no real address, spent months renting weekly motel rooms and renting out rooms just to keep a roof over my head.

Yes in the back of my head I know that I had to repay that $1700.

But I no way to make that happen, at that time. After 5 years and EDD was able to locate me. That $1700 had turned into over $5000.

From that year forward they begin taking every single state and federal income tax return. After that I found myself needing EDD again. Surprising to me, I was approved for the unemployment but they turned around and took the amount that I was granted each week that I received benefits.

At this point I know that original amount owed has been paid back times three. But the crazy fee they add on every year...can keep this going for the rest of your life.

FAST FORWARD....5 years.

I now have had a good job for almost two years where I make hourly plus commission. California taxes commission at 25%, So I have a very large tax return coming back to me this year.

Almost 12 years after the EDD overpayment... Im at a point where I have to take care of this.

I sent a certified letter to the California tax board to request info on my account. Asking what has been paid toward my balance, and what is currently owed.

Never heard anything, but three weeks ago EDD started GARNISHING MY PAYCHECK.

In three weeks they have taken over $800

I never received anything in the mail about them doing this, It was a huge surprise.

Me asking them about my case, they turned around and garnished my wages.

Can someone advise me what I should do next.

Also I about to be a single mom at 42 with my first baby.

Aoife kozlowski on May 29, 2019:

Hi, I also received unemployment and am now being told that I am likely to owe $4500 for over payment. And will be deemed ineligible for more benefits. I worked a part time job, and have been told that I clearly violated the terms of unemployment as I provided dates every week to my employer for the part time job and listed around 2 days a week as unavailable to work. The job I worked at pays minimum wage, I truly never imagined that by accepting the job I was under the obligation to work there full time if required. I never would have accepted the position in the first place if I had know, as full time work pay would have been less then my unemployment check, and I was/am seeking employment in my chosen career. It is my first time ever filing for unemployment, so I am totally unfamiliar with the process and had no idea I was doing anything wrong, I am 56, and was earning 80k a year. I still do not have a job, so this is quite a shock and a scary place to be when I have children depending on me to support them .

Melodies on May 20, 2019:

This happen to me

Monique on May 17, 2019:

I have the same story

Justin mannino on April 15, 2019:

Owe 4 grand because like you said a bunch of piece of shit people who dont listen let a lone care hope they all suffer sometype of slow slow painful outting from this shit system n world we live in

Shamus Murray on March 07, 2019:

Yep. They sent me letter year later, after clain past saying i should not of got in the first place. Of course it was in their portal. I was working so why check unemployment portal. I did not respond so they garneshed my wages. Im in appleal state now. Total bs

Sandy on October 02, 2018:

I had to repay unemployment benefits i received after hurricane irma because i moved and my old employer said that i voluntarily quit which was a lie. My home was filled with mold and trees were hanging over my home ready to fall on it ect....i moved for my own safety since i was in an unhealthy & unsafe home without power without water without a working toilet ect...for 10 days

mat on September 17, 2018:

I was sent a letter too saying i made enough to get unemployment but almost 3 months later state of pennsylvania demanding money saying i could be charged with a crime. I don t know why they pay the money out in first place. I always thought if worked for almost 6 months were entitled to benefits. i didn't hide earnings. Then they said I was supposed to call mcgrath systems which was a temp agency . Then they said i voluntary quit because i failed to call Mcgrath systems in every week, which had nothing in writing saying i had to call Mcgrath systems in blue bell. Mcgrath systems in blue pennsylvania reported me to unemployment in pa. if anyone is thinking of going to a temp agency like mcgrath systems dont do it they rip workers off.

Kendra zz on July 05, 2018:

My boyfriend was wrongly accused of falsely filing a claim back in January. Now here in June they are penalized him. He got a letter saying the determination was witjdrawled without a hearing date. His lawyer said he should have his mo key owed that they forfeited from him but still money. What now... We have 3 kids and unemployemt lady had the nerve to say yes when he said so our penalizing me for u all screw up.. She said yes.. Like wow

Dutz on June 20, 2018:

We need to go down there as a group and protest, if citizens stood up for the corruption and greed and pure hell US puts us through and you all here talking when I am about to be in the offices about to catch catch a charge

K.K on May 17, 2018:

I was let go from my job at the beginning of my second year of college, so i thought i'd file for unemployment instead of worrying myself with finding a new job during the semester, i figured the worst that could happen was they'd deny me! welp i was wrong. I was approved and given $150 a week that would total out to $1500 at the end of my alotted claim period. I get to the point where they've paid me about $1200 of the $1500 just to get a letter saying that I was never supposed to receive any of this money and should have never been approved in the first place apparently. I had to go to the main offices and meet with a judge to speak of my case and then he ruled in their favor obviously. I never understood how I wasn't supposed to be approved yet was approved and paid for 2 whole months before someone realized their mistake and then blame me like I approved and paid myself! They said I had to pay them back but with no time limit and no interest forever. It's been 6 years and they still haven't gotten the full amount from me.

C.L on April 28, 2018:

Long story very, very short; My husband and i went through the same exact situation of being told that we owe. I KNEW that we didnt. After a year of providing documents to prove our case, i finally reached out to an IRS advocate that worked on our behalf. I finally agreed (with the advise of the advocate) to go to IRS court. I received a phone call from an attorney that represented the IRS informing me that, my case was closed and i did not owe any of the supposed $11,000! Ok, well i paid to bring the case to court, WHERE IS MY REFUND!!!

Adam C on April 22, 2018:

This is my story exactly... kinda creepy because the amount as well as other details. I just finished my last payment of the 2,540.00 just this week and now it's the moment of truth. ( what bs are they gonna figure out why not to pay me) I really think somebody screwed up but literally I have been 3 months paying for it. I really needed my government and they couldn't even specifically tell me when I was over paid but bamm it was final. I didn't have a choice so I paid it every week but something just tells me another "issue" is lurking!

Anonymous on April 17, 2018:

You guys all sound like a bunch of whiny crybabies that don't understand how unemployment works. Wow. It's not that hard to comprehend, people! You guys all got overpaid and now you have to pay it back. Or, in other words, you received money to which you were not entitled. Too fucking bad!

Harold Sappington on April 03, 2018:

I also was a victim of unemployment overpayment. They told me it was no fault of my own. I owed $4000, I paid half already. Now I owe $2000. Please help..

zakir on March 19, 2018:

for UC benefit i made mistake for my partial income what can i do now? I put more partial income what I make.

Kk on February 21, 2018:

This had happened to my boyfriend. He was trying to pay fines after being laid off and pulled out his 401k to try to help with money and now owes a sum total of 4,600.. breaks my heart that they don’t help worth a poop. Now we are both working 2 jobs trying to pay this off and other bills

Vanessa mondragon on February 14, 2018:

I got unemployment after I was wrongfully fired. I was making about 2800 a month at that point. But when I started getting unemployment I started getting a 220 a week which was just enough to live nothing else. I lost my car and even my apartment cause I couldn't afford them anymore. I took a part time job that promised a certain amount of hours a week but suddenly couldn't give the hours or pay promised so he let me go. But through it all they paid me. Then two years later they file a tax lien no me. They said I should have called them when I moved out of New Mexico and gave them my new address but when I was no longer getting any money from them I didn't see any reason. So here I am in 2018 trying to buy a house house and the only thing in the way a tax lien I didn't even know about. $ 1400 because I got an extension I didn't qualify for. But why would you give it to me if I don't qualify? When I called to see if we could get it fixed they said I missed my chance by waiting so long a judge will not grant it. So pay it or I'm stuck. Fml lost a house all over stupidity

Evan J. Butler on February 08, 2018:

Years ago I was on unemployment getting $75/week I got a part time job with maybe 15 hours/week the unemployment agency told me to keep applying to same way because I was making so little it wouldn’t matter then after a little while of that they decided I was over paid $3,000.... yup $3,000 from $75/week that isn’t even possible in a year... well it was either pay them back for take the 8 counts of felony fraud... so of course I agreed to pay them back as 8 felony’s on my record would have prevented me from working ever it’s some years later and they have been taking my tax refunds for years now and after saying I would no longer be gaining intrest on the balance it wouldn’t take long to pay off with my tax refunds but here we are years later and $2,000 in tax refunds paid and my new balance is $5,019.... and they want to garnish my wages now... so I have to pay $140/month for the next 5 years so I don’t get my pay checks garnished.... if there is a way out of this I would love to know because they fucked up and I’m paying for it literally....

B-hummel on December 21, 2017:

I got paid $288 for the biweekly claim and 2 days later I received $344 after I just paid off my overpayment for apparently being in prison when I know that I have not been arrested. How do I prevent myself from getting back into the overpayment penalties?

Larry Spahr on November 23, 2017:

I worked only part time, thought I could earn about 178 per week, but only could earn 124, so I didnt file correctly, now they want all the money plus a penalty amount back. Also I cannot apply for 10 years until its paid. I really hate America. The system is made to keep the poor poor, and the rich rich.

Please help

mj on November 14, 2017:

Its a crazy world, we live in. I truly over dealing with all, no they don't seem to be helping at all, robbing from the poor. Who could stoop so low, to do such a thing? Its very stressful and has caused much anxiety, it never stops.

David Hardesty on November 10, 2017:

I got let go after 7 years. Got approved for unemployment benefits. Collected my little bit of unemployment each week for 4 months. Then get kicked off, get a letter shortly after stating their agency was paying me from the ex owner of the company and not the current owner!!! Now not only am I unemployed still but they want me to pay back $4,000 that I received!! We are living on my wifes min wage job only and are on food stamps! This is their screw-up not ours..please help w advice. We already went through the waiver process and have been denied!!

B.B on November 06, 2017:

I was fired for something I did not do so I filed for unemployment then I won so they paid me for almost 3 months then my ex employer filed an appeal after that long well, our hearing was a day or two after hurricane Harvey hit Texas, i live 50 miles from the south coast so my trailer was destroyed so I called to let my caseworker know that I did not have power and my phone will be dead on the day of hearing so she said it would be rescheduled and they will send a letter of the date the mail could not even get to my street due to flooding so I never received the new date of hearing next thing I know I get an email saying they overpaid me and I owe them over 3000$ well let me say I lost my job, a few days later my mom passed and then my home was destroyed I'm still in college and all this made me go through a breakdown or anxiety attack, I repealed and told them everything that happened so I'm waiting g on an answer if I won the appeal or not it's been 4 days and they said give them a week to get back with me. I don't have no family and I'm still in college will they deny my financial aid? Will they take the little change I have in my bank account? Will they take my student loan next semester? Will I go to jail? I won the case the first time don't they see there is a reason why they gave it to me to begin with! I feel like just giving up sometimes, im trying so hard I was doing it to better me and my mom's life but she passed and now I'm alone dealing with one hit after another! I can never get ahead! Thanks for listening!

Nichole Lively on October 20, 2017:

They said I was eligible for unemployment then after months of claiming unemployment decided I was ineligible and said I had to pay it all back. They then took it out of my income tax. Ok no biggie. Then... because it can take up to 2 months to process your payment I was charged interest on my payment that THEY took out of my income tax because they apparently took way over two months to process it!! I was charged an additional $283!!! Then after I paid that, several months later I received 3 checks in the mail that equaled the amount that they took out of my income tax! I was beyond excited!! I thought how Wonderful! They must have decided they made a mistake and I was eligible and they shouldn't have taken that money out of my income tax and repaid it to me. There was no letter of explanation or anything. Just three random checks in three different envelopes on the same day. Considering they are closed now on wednesdays and Fridays and are only open until 4 I was not able to connect with anyone on the phone to ask. A few weeks after cashing the checks inget a letter in the mail saying I owe all this money plus interest!!! Are you serious!!! You give me money, take it back plus interest, give it back to me again and then take it back and want more interest?!! I don't think so!!!!!

lolac on October 16, 2017:

I was audited over a year after receiving benefits. I worked for a law office who paid me 2 hours from her non-profit and 20 hours from her for-profit business, same office, same boss, same work... I attending a hearing and they said that I indeed legitimately obtained the benefit. Then they said I had to have a second hearing. I explained that I had already had a hearing and the hearing ended in my favor. They said that "technically" because she ran the businesses under a different tax id number I had to attend. I had a family emergency the morning of the hearing and missed it. I immediately wrote a letter and explained what happened. They issued a default judgement against me and are now garnishing my wages for almost $9,000. I even went in and started making payments and they issued a warrant and garnishment anyways. I did nothing wrong!

Skyland Jacobson on October 16, 2017:

Due to taking a part time seasonal job to extend my benefits, and then taking a job in my field I was penalized and now they want me to pay back all my unemployment I do contract IT work.

bob on September 25, 2017:

its like paying a traffic penalty you know your not guilty but it will cost a lot more to fight it so pay it because the goverment screwed up.

geormf on August 22, 2017:

They are praying on the poorest members of society, the very ones they are supposed to be helping. People who don't know how to work the legal system, people who can't afford lawyers, people who may not respond in a timely fashion because they are depressed, confused, or have communication issues. I am wrongly charged with fraud 3 times. Some of my issues are:

* Did not open the first letter, thinking it was some generic program update and not applicable to me since I had not been on unemployment for many months. My appeal judge admitted that she was aware that their weekly system had problems with two-week pay stubs, however, my excuse on timeliness of appeal was all she could address. I was never allowed due process on the original issue.

* Second fraud charge - I was given two hours to email proof that I had applied for three jobs on a certain week. I cannot afford internet so I scrambled to the library but could not locate the proof they required. Out of frustration with resume keyword-search methods, I had been sending hard-copy resumes in the mail without saving my cover letters. In their online system they do not allow for the option of mailing hardcopies. I feel this discriminates against older citizens. I didn't even bother to fight this out of frustration from the previous experience.

Third fraud charge was unbelievable. They claimed that my company reported that I received $60,000 a week for 10 weeks. I appealed and anxiously awaited my hearing date. They never sent a written notice. They had locked me out of the system after the second fraud charge so I was not able to see my mail. I asked the WIN job center to email my correspondence. They sent me a bunch of mail which I read through. The last attachment was my hearing date, but I overlooked it because the attachment before that was proof that they knowingly-wrongly charged me with fraud and I got excited to have this evidence. That attachment was the statement from my employer which showed my four-quarter earnings for that year. It had a small bit of income on the 4th quarter which was the two-week pay for my last working week in the third quarter. So my employer did not claim I made $600,000 in the fourth quarter. Anyway, by then the hearing was just a couple of days away, and I missed it. I appealed to the board, but naturally they did not accept my excuse (it WAS a stupid mistake) so I was once again not allowed due process on the fraud charge. So how come they can make unbelievable mistakes (don't they have a QA/QC process that would tell them that that income is absurd? or that the number doesn't agree with employer statement?

Sicilianfire on August 22, 2017:

Wow, sorry to hear about all of that for yours and everyones in the comment, like many other government systems, this one too needs an overhaul. My significant other had an original amount of around $1100 that was informed he had to pay about 6 years ago. He has been battling to get his kids (you know cause that system doesn't need any fixing, with a decent lawyer retainer fee being over $4000) so has not had much money for this and so had paid what he could at $25-$50 a month. First of all, he should never be paying this money back because the ONLY reason he got pinned with it is because the school he was attending used white-out on the forms that would show he was in school during that time. He never got a letter stating that these forms had a problem and when they finally sent him a bill a year or so later...they claimed it was too late to fix the error which was due to the school's incompetence for not knowing you don't use white out on documents like that, and that he would just have to pay it all, interest and everything.

Needless to say...the balance after 6 years was over $1200 apparently their interest was outrageous at $250/year. Somehow we have managed to get it down to $300 for the principle and 500 still left in interest. APPARENTLY, when you make payments you have to call in, even if you drop a payment in person, and specify you want it all towards principle...if not, this is of course after you sit and wait on hold for an hour or two or three until someone finally gets to you) will be eternally paying this BS he should never had to pay in the first place. The government needs an overhaul...there is literally no way for him to get a just conclusion...he has paid so much for interest that was not his fault to begin with. And God forbid we apply for anything when we need it that we help to pay for and when we do you have to fear they are going to come after your soul.....that's right, I compared Unemployment Overpayment to Selling your soul...At the very least they could write off his interest all 2000 or whatever ended up costing him more than the principle....and I haven't even mentioned the $500-600 lump sum he paid that somehow disappeared and was never credited to his account via one of those bill pay services. Who has time to KEEP a day job and deal with this, but then again maybe that's what they want, for you to take it as it is and just pay it. Freedom,..yeah right. We get over taxed, and then everything else fine-wise is guilty until proven innocent....strict guidelines unless its them that screwed up.

Shannon on August 04, 2017:

I live in South Carolina, I have had and still am dealing /ignoring the issue.

A few months back we had hurricane Mathew some of us were able to get hurricane relief money's from unemployment. I signed up in hopes I would get it but never got any paper work or info about it so I just left it go.

About six months later I needed to leave my job for surgery/ medical leave for about two weeks. I demanded my doctor to allow me to go back to work before my two weeks were up as I would lose my position If I wasn't back in two weeks. To my surprise I call to let me boss know I was returning and I was told I was let go. Over paper work from my doctor that they had not received( stating I was getting surgery and would be out for two weeks ) mind you my job knew I was leaving for at least 4 months prior and I had all of the paper work they needed and could provide it. I tried to save my job by calling big bosses and everything well they never hired me back. So I figured I'd apply for unemployment. I applied and again never received any paper work or anything. So again I left it go. I continued to look for another job. Then one day I decided to call the unemployment office to see what was actually going on. I spoke to a man from unemployment who told me yes they aproved your unemployment claim and you have 600 dollars on your card as we speak. I was shocked and happy at the same time but I never got paper work or even a card in the mail. I continued ask him and tell him I haven't received anything and I have kids and am hurting how can I get that 600 now so I can pay bills ? He tells me I will sens you cards in the mail and western union the 600 you can pick it up within the next hour. So I continued to do my claims every week. Now I found a job and been working and just received a letter staying I have to pay back 2,400 that they gave me. But it wasn't fraudulent.

This is absolutely insane why approve me and now tell me I have to pay it back ??? What do I do I don't have this money to give back and I did nothing wrong it's their mistake not mine I'm not paying it back unless they take it from my taxes

Linda Jones on April 27, 2017:

Same thing happened to me in 2014. Was given the money then my company decided to appeal it after I had already received $3,000. Now having to pay all of this back. I am 67 years old and living on social security. Nobody cares. TWC sent me a bill for the full amount. I called them and told them I could not pay this all at one time. They then sent me a bill for $143 month. I called again and told them I couldn't afford that either. I told them I could pay $25 a month, so they are accepting this each month. I get mad every month I receive a bill from them. It will take me 10 years to pay this back, but I'm at the point I don't care. I will probably be dead before they get paid back. I certainly feel your pain. I appealed the decision 3 times and each time was denied the appeal. I even sent a letter to our congressman but got no reply. I'm in Texas. They work for the large corporations and not for the employee. It sucks.

Lisa on February 17, 2017:

I have been through same thing..they just give u run around never answer your questions!!!!! Still going through it....told me lies then when I read all docs sent to me and proved wrong got defensive and hung up on me!!!!

Kelly Anderson on January 27, 2017:

I was recieveing ui back in 2013 at a minimul payment rate because of lack of hours available at the job i had at the time and they (the state of MD) continued sending me the payment for several months after i was let go from the job due to health reasons and now the state has garnished my full tax return from 2016 after being out of work for 3 years of which i was solely being supported by family. I just returned to work in the middle of 2016 for the first time in over 3 years and i am furious because i needed (and was planning) on paying of some past debts with my refund that were accrued (medical bills) while i was out of work and now due to this big mistake on the state of MD's part of overpayment, i will not be able to pay off these debts that i had been obligated to do so. Any suggestions???...please let me know.

Malieke Thomas on January 19, 2017:

I work for a company in Highland, In. I been there for 3years, and every year I was laid off. The first year I got it an the 2nd I went through hell to get it, my lights went off an I was a few months behind on rent. When I did finally got called back to work, I was only working 2or3days a week . And guess what? They decided to give me unemployment, lol. So I took it every week to get my family back together. Now to day I owe 5960 bucks. If they would have given me what deserved in the first place, things would have been different for me. Now today I gotta pay that amount back. If I had a choice, I will never ask those greedy people for any thing. So people be careful with that unemployment, they will kill your family....

Darryl A. Harris on January 16, 2017:

I was trying to get unemployment but at the time I was working a full time and a part time job. I was laid off from the full time job so I applied just for the full time job and still working the part time job. I thought I made it clear to them that I was only applying because I lost my full time job. I was recieving benifits but not just my full time job but my part time as well. Now I have to repay back that money that I was not supposed to get and my part time job does not pay enough to repay that money back and I'm hit with interests because my income is small. I can only pay them $50.00 a month because I only work one job. I think I made the wiorst mistake of my life and I don't know how to handle it.

Robert Perez on November 11, 2016:

Over paid $7,000 and it just accumulated to almost $10,000 in interest

kat on November 08, 2016:

Yes, I am having this happen to me now and they say I owe them 12,870.53 I can not pay this I do not have that kind of money. I do not know what to do I guess they will get my taxes and I will have to pay them a payments are declare bankruptcy are something. I work two part time jobs and I just got another temporary job. I hope it works into something more. I need help to get this off my back. I am with you on getting them crazy people back.

Michelle on October 30, 2016:

I am not alone. As I read through all the experiences you all have had it mirrors the past 5-7 years of my life delaing with Unemployment "Overpayment" issues. All along I've been disgusted at the way the system works and something has to be done! So, if this is what we all need to do to get the ball rolling then I am in! I owe more now after all these years of late payments and fees, etc... more money than the total of my "overpayment" at the beginning of this nightmare! Can you please tell me if I could not pay back 2,500.00 of money YOU SENT ME as you accepted my papers each week when I submitted them, then how do you think I can ever pay back my current debt after so many fees and late charges ,etc... of a total of $8,000.00+ !!!?????? Unemployment in California needs to get their heads out of their behinds and get someone with a brain to restructure the entire way unemployemnt is done! Its a complete joke and now I know I am not the only one who thinks this....EVERYONE thinks this because all of you have experienced the horror I have and I will do whatever it takes to file a lawsuit ASAP... because this has been unfair and it's MY money I make at MY job now and I will NOT allow these idiots in Unemployment to touch any of it... they are the idiots that overpayed so sorry for your luck but it took you over a month of paying me too much to then say OOPS , we need our money back plus a lot more for the fees etc... ARE YOU KIDDING ME UNEMPLOYMENT? Sorry, but I dont think so... I am sick of being treated unfair and unkind by our government.... it's time for a change to where the people like all of us are the ones coming out ahead.... for once!!!! Let me know where I sign to file and I am all over it..... thanks for taking time to read what I just wrote. I appreciate it.

Brittany smith on October 21, 2016:

Experiencing this problem too. Uia gave me $10,000 over a year period and turned around and said it looks like you were disqualified to begin with and that I owed the overpayment due to unintentional reasons. I Figured I had no choice so for couple years I paid what I could borrowing from student loans up to 3,000$ until I kept over drafting my bank account then I requested a waiver due to financial hardship. I finally after almost 9 months got a hearing but for the affidavit back in December 2015 rather than my situation right now as a recent graduate October 2016. The judge denied me and I'm stuck with $11,500; more than I was overpaid. I got it down to $7000 but the interest is screwing me. Injustice doesn't quite cover it. Uia tried saying that it was my fault and that I claimed benefits when I was still working but I wasn't working at all when I filed. They said due to unintentional reasons so that shows it was on them. I'm a broke college graduate and I work a 10.50/hour job. Can't get afford to get married and I'm dependent on my fiancé. Ain't life grand?

Jennifer king on October 21, 2016:

I am going through this now too. Started a brand new job with the Texas state school and they kept my first paycheck! They say they will hold my second as well. BS!

Th on October 14, 2016:

I have fought with the unemployment for years now.about six years ago I was on unemployment and on one of my reviews the red flagged me.then I got a letter stating that I frauded and had to repay 30,000 in unemployment even though I never received much of any money.i had a lawyer Appeal with me and won my case.but know every time I try and file or get unemployment when I get started back to work the automatically say I was not owed the money and say I frueded every time. I just got a job at walmarts and just got my letter stating I freuded and that they are looking into it .the crazy thing is I only just got my first initial unemployment checks which I have been waiting for over several months to get and I took the first job offered to me.if would love to see if I could do something to get this blackmail to stop all they are wanting is for me to pay them money.ever since I won my case they have been trying to get me to pay them money. Help

Donna on September 16, 2016:

My son received a notice three years after receiving unemployment benefits that he was overpaid and when he sent in all the documentation to prove that he did not file at the time that they claim it did not match with what they even had from the employer at the time. He is now having to pay back for a claim that one he did not use and two in the amount over $3,700.00 and they are double charging him interest each month on top of that so each payment they are only deducting $2.00 maybe $3.00 so it will never be paid off. We have tried to get it cleared and they keep saying that we are wrong. It just sickens me that they are such thieves. We are in Oregon so I don't know if he can be a part of your suit but I would love to see this disappear from his record. Oh and they said that he could not claim unemployment benefits again. We have proof he did not do all they said in the first place. We even had a lawyer but that did us no good either I am just disgusted with our government. on August 28, 2016:

I am in Tennessee and have been dealing with the "Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development" (i.e. "TDLWD") since May 16, 2016. I won't fully elaborate on the many details and issues surrounding my situation--to do so would require way more than 8100 characters haha. Suffice it to say: the experiences and interactions with TDLWD during the last 3 months have caused MORE stress and hardship than actually losing my job. Sadly, the fun is far from over. Currently, I am waiting for the agency to approve my request for a SECOND appeal (I'm having to "appeal the first decision of the appeals tribunal"), and it will be another month or so until an actual hearing will take place.

After filing my claim back in May, I began researching and deciphering the laws and regulations governing the unemployment program in my state. I am DISGUSTED and infuriated by the legislators of this state: their blatant disregard for the unemployed workers is SHAMEFUL. They do NOT support or introduce new policies to benefit the unemployed workers in Tennessee. Instead, they promote legislation that further RESTRICTS claimants from even qualifying for benefits, and revising (or completely ELIMINATING) any existing language which restricts the agency from being able to deny a claim.

This is occurring at the STATE level, so I agree that it IS probably going to require action at the federal level in order to achieve justice for the millions of affected Americans.

My situation does not (YET) involve the demand for repayment by the state, since I haven't actually received a single penny of benefits owed to me. But I've had enough exposure to this system to know it is corrupt and BROKEN. I would love the opportunity to share what I have experienced THUS far. Even if I DO manage to "win" the benefits I am owed, I would still like to be involved with your efforts. Something MUST be done, that much is obvious!!

The system is dysfunctional, and it will never change on its own.

hungry on August 13, 2016:

they make you certify promptly and then they say within so many days you will receive payment. im hungry. ive never asked for help once in my life. its far worse than ive ever imagined. when i cant get a job at a gas station because im "over-qualified" just to feed myself and use my ssi to pay rent while i look for a better just awful. im going to die from starvation in america. the greatest country in the world

Cory on July 26, 2016:

This is from their website. You should be able to get a waiver from paying your money back if the mistake was not your own error.


If you were paid more unemployment benefits than you were due through no fault of your own, or the fraud alleged was not committed by you, you can ask the unemployment commission to waive the requirement for you to repay the benefits. If you receive a Notice of Overpayment, you can appeal the repayment requirement. The court will consider the reason for the overpayment, as well as your ability to repay the money. If you don’t win your appeal, you will still have to repay the money, but also have the option of negotiating a repayment schedule.

shirley on July 15, 2016:

my job went out of business applied for unemployment got one check went on vacation when I got back a letter in the mail stating I had been over payed by a total of $7,869 in unemployment impossible since I have be recertified I worked for the school system was called back every year until 2014 when they went out of business out of two months each this was a total for two years unemployment I truly do not owe this havent gotten my income in 2014 0r 2015 someone please advise

Karmah on June 16, 2016:

Im in Texas. You did not explain what their reasons were to demand full repayment. In my 20's I was fired at a radio station where I worked as a DJ, because I did not want to date this man that worked there because he started out sweet and turned into the largest jerk. Turns out his daddy owned the radio station. They denied my unemployment and I appealed offering to show all his love letters. Then I got my unemployment. This was a hardship time for me all the way around and I was traumatized and depressed. I stopped filing for my unemployment so the money stopped. But right after filing a buddy offered me this fantastic part time job doing laser light shows at Richland College. It was a few hours a month, less than the earning cap TWC outlined so I would still qualify to receive full payment. That stated, and that being a good thing, Richland College could not even tell me what I was making hourly and advised me I had to wait till the end of the following month when I would be paid my first check. I didn't want to quit the job and I believe TWC is backward in its thinking because folks should be rewarded and not penalized for trying to get a job. But TWC told me I had to know to the penny what I would be earning if I took on work and if I did not know, the rep told me all payments would be withheld until I did know. As my hours fluctuated, and as my first payment was gonna take 2 months, I chose to say nothing of the work, figuring I could bring it up on the tail end since it was, again, at or lower than the earnings cap set by TWC so I technically did qualify for the full benefit each month. It is your employer who pays for this. In my case, it was this dude that sexually harassed and fired me that paid for it. No, I was NOT giving a penny of that $2500.00 back. Out of principle. years went by, I married and my husband was doing work on a series. When the show was on hiatus for a couple of months or so 3 times a year, everyone was off work, chillaxing. He made great money and saved alot of it so he didnt need unemployment. When he first explained that folks filed for unemployment during hiatus, it rubbed me the wrong way ethically. Flash forward, I got laid off and got up the gumption to file for unemployment again and they approved it but immediately began taking 'their' money that I 'owed' them back out so I got nothing. Again, principle, I said screw it and stopped filing. My husband said just get through with it, keep filing even though they are wrong. But I stopped, very angry at the injustice of it all. I am angry. So back to show being on hiatus and folks claiming unemployment 'wrongfully' because to my mind they KNOW the show has stop work points, therefore they should prepare for that, should plan and save for them. Its flat wrong to take unfair advantage by claiming unemployment I railed and then had my epiphany! SCREW THEM! TAKE the unemployment, husband! The system is broken, I cannot get unemployment when I desperately need it and you dont need it so you will get it. Big woo woo to my ethics. Screw my ethics. He gets unemployment no worries. Flash forward a 3rd time in my life I grow the cajones to apply for unemployment again. TWC approves it but not for the entire time I qualify and now they say I owe them close to 3k which they of course are taking out before I evah see a dime. What I find ironic here is that I did truly qualify for that cash in the wayback machine, that very first time I filed. Due to that, I never got a penny the 2nd time I filed and gave up. And now, I am on a severance package and don't need it. I wasnt even planning to file ever again in my life. And, as I was getting a severance, I didn't think we could file, but found all my other team mates that lost their job in this last round of layoffs filed and got unemployment. You know it is your employer that pays for this dole, right? I find this so ironic. The radio station where I was sexually harassed out of a job is defunct, the business disbanded, the dad dead. But the sexual harassment dweeb son still lives. So what happens to the cash, does TWC keep it and play tiddlywinks with it? Or does it go back to the son? I just had to ask this question (unanswered) of TWC. Exactly who are they paying back here some 30 years later on the money I truly do not owe? But I will tell you this...I tell everyone to file for unemployment, regardless of need, whenever there is a legal loophole to do so, just out of sheer spite for the system.

Jenifer on June 14, 2016:

I worked for 17 years straight, I got laid off and I needed the Unemployment, I got it, I found a job in 4weeks after that. I had it stopped. Then I received a letter stating I got overpaid $800.00 and I had to pay them back. It's been a year, and I still owe that. They keep sending me letters. This is my thing, Why should I have to pay my own money back?? So can I get all the money back that for 17 years they took from me for Welfare??

lisa on May 20, 2016:

we live in NY and this has happen to us on May 12, 2016:

I was denied unemployment after 6 weeks of submitting weekly certs due to my employer lying to the state. The worker stated that employers lie all the time, nothing they can do. I received $900 in payments, now almost 6 months later, they want it back within 15 days. I am a single mother barely making ends meet. I am not sure what to do. Getting a hold of them is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Katie ONeil on May 02, 2016:

I'm in NJ over here and had a very similar situation. I was told I defrauded them by misrepresenting my hours for part-time unemployment benefits. However, it was their customer support team that told me what to do and how to do it. I had part-time tip-based employment and was not sure how/what to claim versus what my employer was already claiming for my hourly wage checks.I called the help center at the NJ Department of Labor. I collected around $125.00 a week. Fast forward to some months after my unemployment was over and I was fully employed and I get a letter stating I owe all the money back PLUS fees because I was supposedly purposefully defrauding the DOL. All this to the tune of over $9000.00. I went through several appeals explaining what I had been told only to be reprimanded and scolded at every turn. They have taken my family's tax refund in full for three years in a row now. It seems like the "appeal process" is really just a dog and pony show to make us feel like we have some recourse when we all know which side its going to lean towards.

Anna Marie Onesti on May 01, 2016:

I was overpaid 6 years ago 4 years ago they suspended me for a year said I owed 8000 I continued to get unemployment for two or three years after that went back to work finally said they change the laws because it was so called fraud they are now taking 100% of my unemployment leaving me with no money yet they say if you're not working we take 100% if you're working we only asked for 20% how does that seem right they leave me with not one penny left a week but yet still send me bills for for 500 a month I think they are the most rudest awful people next to the IRS I wish that hole government assholes that make these decisions would get something like this happened to them with their fancy jobs and all their money that they get paycheck to paycheck yet if I made a mistake 6 years ago and was overpaid okay doesn't everybody make mistakes in life but they told me at the office that once you make this problem in cleaning when you're already working that's what they do now instead of having me pay half of my check it's the whole thing so now I'm left with no money can't pay my bills I have a dog that needs to go to the vet and I can't even Round Up change to get him to go I call around for free help and then again nobody will help unless you have money but yet unemployment gives me nothing if there was a way to dispose of them I would love to do that actually make them suffer I think they're ruthless horrible people that says ice told money that was my own I made the money it's my unemployment yet they are in charge of it and say I committed fraud for taking my own money what kind of crap is that I hate the unemployment I hate it more than anything all they've done is cause me anguish pain and anxieties and I'm sick of them whoever made this law should suffer like I said

Bill on February 20, 2016:

I worked at a job for 10yrs, made $45K a year at the end, the company owner passed away & 2 months later I was fired! After 10yrs of service & paying insane amounts to Gov't , taxes, etc. & working 55-60hrs a week, weekends, holidays, work until 1am, always on call, & so on. So I applied for unemployment in NYS & got approved for $425 a week not even 1/2 of what I was used to, & less then what was deducted out of my paycheck for years. Anyway I was a realtor but did very little with it as I did not have time due to my 55-60hr a week job. So I planned to give my all at real estate upon being fired from my job. Now in NYS real estate only gets paid at a closing which is typically 2-3 months after a sale. I did not have any closings or sales forthcoming, & if I even sold a home the day of my termination I would be waiting 2-3 months before ever seeing that $, in addition you only get paid if you make a sale, so office time, client meetings, client showings, open houses, and so on don't make you a dime unless it leads to a sale. So now when I was approved for NYS unemployment I was required to attend a meeting/orientation seminar. I was up front about my real estate & asked to speak with the rep afterwards to discuss it. I told him how everything works & my plan was to try being a realtor as a future full time career, and he said thats great, he understands, and my showings, open houses, etc. would constitute my work search requirement. Now fast forward a few months later NYS UE wants to meet with me in regards to my case. I meet with the man & bring everything, my planner which has every single thing in it, even if I just went & sat at the broker office for a few hours & never even got a phone call, every showing, literally everything. Which I wanted so that I was upfront & not hiding anything. While turns out that every entry in my planner they consider a day of work even though zero money was made on %99.9 of them. Now they require all of the money back & a bunch of penalty fee's on top of that! For over $6000!!! Like wtf, during the time I met with the state guy he basically said if you sat home & did nothing everything would be fine, but because you wanted to do something & not rely on help for an extended time, you are basically screwed. This is insane & so messed up, the system is completely backwards.

stacey gumm on January 30, 2016:


IF NOT WORKING WE SHOULD GET IT TO HELP IN TIME TO LOOK FOR JOBS SEARCH THAT TAKE TIME.. FACEBOOK PAGE ME STACEY GUMM, VALPARASIO Indiana.. will lawyer do it.. or waste of time. .I had to yell those people on the phone.. I have no job.. no car look for job .. let me know maybe we can all fight this together group.. to indy... I'm mad.. I payed into this..

stacey Gumm on January 30, 2016:

What is indiana and these people that work in office who the judge that decides if your appeal is granted.. we need to fight this not right .. I payed into 13 years union pay got some unemployment now they want it back .. I payed into it.. worked another job like temp job , got windy and cold job stopped but they say this time didn't make enough in 4 quarter made Alot first quarter. That don't count. Union not helping ,I'm not working , no gas for car to look for job. And indiana unemployment ask me don't I have family to help me .. what nerve them saying that. Food stamp office got in to fight.. and had to have city council where I live pay my nipsco bill going to get shut off.. I work 13 union now have to fight to keep heat on . Yes got to pay back what little I got. .. what about now not working ask me have I look for jobs with what gas money nothing ,then food office say got to go to class to workshop kind of pay for stamps.. send a bus because food stamp can't put gas or car insur.. it not money.. what do these people think..broke broke.. I'm broke..

Olivia on January 23, 2016:

Is this still active?

CaptainClutch78 on December 16, 2015:

My terrible situation is coming from Michigan UIA (Unemployment Insurance Agency). I could write a book about this situation. Like many of the other stories i have read, it is causing great pain to my family and I. Not only myself by also my Fiance were wrongly "Re-Determined" after already receiving payments. My Fiance has been getting her income taxes taken for the past 2 years by the UIA because of a misunderstanding with her being in "training" while collecting unemployment, let me remind you it was unpaid training and she was not selected for the position.

Now on to my situation which is 10x worst!! I had worked for the same company for 10 years. The owner had decided to close up shop, sell the company and no longer do the services that required my help. During the process of selling the company he began canceling all the upcoming work that would have needed my help. So i filed for unemployment, instantly received notice saying i was approved due to my length with the company and amount made. I was granted the highest payment they issue. I received 2 payments (4 weeks worth) and a month later i was "re determined" because the owner did not want his insurance to raise (which he forgot he has told me, the senior supervisor who never expected to lose my job, that he would do if any other employees ever tried to file for unemployment, he was a cheap skate). He replied to UIA that i quit, no call, no show. Like many other in this post, i had a similar situation. We were a small company with few employees, no paper trail or proof of me actually being told there was no longer need for me! BUT i did and still do have ALL THIS in text message. I have uploaded and/or sent these screen shots to UIA several times and written several letters pleading my case that i did NOT QUIT AND was told i wasn't needed. All they do is tell me its too late to "protest" and i have never heard back from anyone. Instead i keep getting a bill in the mail now, my balance keeps climbing, and its up to like $1,600. That doesn't even include my Fiance's bill she keeps getting from them even after they took her small little tax refund for the past 2 years. The unemployment agency is the biggest joke, the laziest employees, and I cant get through to them via phone for the life of me!!! someone please help! I have also tried to claim my benefit weeks still, it lets me go through the Marvin Process than tell me benefit week issued is $0.00. This is one of the worst issues i have ever dealt with. Need advice, has anyone figured out how to prove them wrong? How to solve the problem?

UIvictim808 on October 12, 2015:

forgot to ask how to become a member of that suit the author shared on. I passed the quiz to qualify!

UIvictim808 on October 12, 2015:

I am so very embarrassed to live in America after dealing with UI in Hawaii since June of 2015. Okay, This is a long story. I am an adjunct University lecturer of 10 years, but for reasons that are as unjust as one can imagine, UI benefits were the obvious next step. I was not denied benefits by my employer. My employer was actually fair and did not fight the UI case. IT IS THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES THAT THIS SHARE IS ABOUT, AND WHO PLAY A ROLE IN CAUSING TWO MINOR CHILDREN AND MYSELF GREAT LOSS AND PAIN. I have a part in this though. I had support by a fantastic law firm here locally but failed to use them. This is what happened: I missed an appointment at the UI office early on, and I called in to say I would be late for that fact finding interview, but they said that was not OKAY and that I would need to get a physician note. Okay, well, if you are going to go to the doctor, great, grab a note. But, having no money, no UI benefits yet, and no health insurance (the adjunct problem), I was not going to go to the doctor for pain associated with a condition I was well aware of that WOULD NOT hinder my ability to work! I simply was running late that ONE day. I do not want to get into the medical issue, but let's put it this way, I might also be facing inequity for being a woman...surprised? I did get the physician note when it was time for a surgery that only required one day of rest follow up. But, they still denied my benefits because that note was a month after the time of the notice that I was not feeling well, putting me a few minutes late for a meeting. So, they are basically saying I was not well enough to work all month simply because I could not go to the doctor for a physical problem that caused me to be later ONE time. It gets worse, then in the appeal, the appeals referee or whatever you call the woman that looks like she has a job that intentionally hurts people all day to save the government a buck by searching for any place where the victim has not crossed a T or dotted an i! Then they write up a letter of denial and when you look into the justification it is not only absurd, but there is very little evidence anywhere that anyone can win following that appeal!!!! What? I know, lawyers don't even suggest it at THAT point because it is too late. Their decision is WORD (after a few minutes with you in an interview). So, remember, I am in this appeal because I had to prove I was able to work during the month following that one phone call to be 10 minutes late. Okay, so why did the next request by this appeals witch make any sense? She asked if I had copies of my JOB CONTACTS with me. Now, the way it works in Hawaii is as soon as you receive an appeal date, you get a letter telling you to come in and look at the evidence against you, and I did that. The info they had was all related to the physician letter not being given to them following that one ten minutes late event. So, that is what I was prepared with. But, job contacts were covered by another program I was in that looked over them and required I hand them in (I was fortunate to supposedly be randomly assigned for this program). But, this should be in my favor with this case because they already had my contacts approved right? One would think. No, she demanded I gather the old copies by 3:30 that afternoon and now we are at 1:30 pm. So, I go downstairs to the UI office from the appeals office I am in and I ask for my copies from the file. NO, we do not have them (I had to move due to losing home over the UI situation), so I had a new address and supposedly would find my docs on contacts from job searches there. I drive in the disgusting Honolulu traffic for an hour to go about 20 miles to the office that will have this record, but NO they do not and tell me that the other office I was at does!!! So, back I go and thank God there is less traffic, but I still end up with only 5 minutes to spare due to the lines in awaiting the conclusions that nobody knows what the hell they are doing. Then, I finally get the docs...30 seconds to spare and run back up to the office and hand over the requested (for reasons beyond me) to give to the staff. I would have been declined if 30 seconds later after running around and speeding in my car and pushing over pedestrians (not really, but surely frightened a few with my pace and fear ridden expression) to get the repeated news that NOBODY can find my work contacts! Unbelievable. But, it gets worse. A week after that lovely day, my letter comes and I AM DENIED, not because I was not physically able to work, but because my contact list was sloppy. Yes, that is correct. You heard me. I have bad handwriting, But, get this: I had already had them approved, remember? The program I was so fortunate to get randomly assigned to that picks apart your search and then approves or disapproves it! I was already approved. Now, on an unrelated appeal I am told that I did not qualify all those past weeks due to this. So, not only did I not win my case for the $3000 they owe me, but I ALSO LOSE BENEFITS ALREADY PAID. I now owe the government because I have sloppy handwriting. And, the thing is, if a lawyer would take a 3rd appeal (they really don't do that very often), I would be able to prove that in childhood I was diagnosed with a spatial orientation brain disorder that was impeding on my success with handwriting in elementary school. It does not go away, but I never get complaints by gov. offices etc. Nobody told me that neatness mattered and those that approved them when talking to me about my contacts never brought it up. There is more to tell if you want to contact me for the rest, but I SUGGEST, I HIGHLY SUGGEST, I SUGGEST WITH EVERYTHING IN ME AS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED, THE MIDDLE CLASS AND ESPECIALLY FOR US ADJUNCTS COLLEGE TEACHERS THAT SUFFER MUCH INJUSTICE; GET A LAWYER AS SOON AS YOU FIND OUT YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED UI BENEFITS.....DO NOT WAIT UNTIL 3RD APPEAL STATUS OR SECOND FOR GOD'S SAKE. GET ONE RIGHT AWAY, TALK TO SOMEONE THAT KNOWS WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT SAY. In addition the lawyer presence is so powerful. It is my experience on unrelated but related things recently like my bank taking 19 NSF fees and sucking up all of an unemployment check then refusing to reverse the excessive # of fees. Yes, that happened over a PayPal purchase for $3. I cancelled a purchase but PayPal continues to pull the money prior to issuing a refund. I discovered that I have very little power, but boy do lawyers get the attention of these control addicts that do not care at all about the citizens of this country...we all need legal support. I did not use it with this case because honestly, I felt that it was a very obvious case in my favor. I had the proof that I did not have any condition that prevented me from work. That was my mistake. I did not know how tricky they are and that they do not have our best interest in their decisions. Had I known that I would have used my Legal Shield membership. I am such a proponent of the need to protect ourselves from businesses and government that stomp on those of us that do not fly jets and have lawyers at our dinner tables. The color GREEN separates us from justice . The wealthy do not face any of the above issues. Right? It is time to close the gap. Become a member, and carry your lawyer in your back pocket, but most importantly....DON'T forget to use it like I did. I literally only pay $25 in Hawaii a month and it is less on the mainland (everywhere but here). Don't appeal without law support and also witnesses depending on the claim issue. I found a new way, not only in protecting myself and family but now I work for the good guys. Email me at for help with getting your lawyer and firm before the case. Also, if you are interested in a career change once you have that experience of empowerment from the support of your team of lawyers.

Out of Town on October 06, 2015:

I've been eligible to receive benefits since the company I was working for was shut down and gave everyone the right to apply for unemployment benefits. A week after the nonpayable week I decided to go visit a relative in a different location to see how the job economy was like there and see if I could find any good job opportunities. Because I went out of town I couldn't make it to the scheduled job career search thing, but instead filled forms online which were fine at the time. After everything was done and I went back to my home town, unemployment tells me I was overpaid even though I gave them my full work search history while I was out of town, and for some reason they weren't satisfied with it and now say I was overpaid and owe them money. Do they not know how hard it is to find a job without a degree or certificates, of course not, they haven't experienced any of this, just a bunch of losers sitting behind the desk trying to make your life more miserably it seems like.

What can I do on October 05, 2015:

I lost one of my jobs in December 2014 filed in March of 2015.

I was told to file normaly even after I asked how do I file? because I still had one part time job. She said file normaly so I did. I was honest and said I still have a part time job and a on call job. I guess I misunderstood when she said file normaly. What she should of said is "when you file and they ask you the question did you work"? You say yes and put in your job that you are still working. I honestly had no idea what she ment by file normaly. So I did I though when asked that question it was for any work that you worked after opening up a unemployment case. Sorry I was an idiot and completely miss understood what she was saying. Well


they let it go until my 24 weeks was up. They over paide me by almost 6,000 and gave me a penalty fee of 3,936. I get this letter in the mail and just fell apart. Why would they let it get so bad? Why couldn't they let me know I was filling wrong? Now I owe 9,936 to unemployment, and I'm still only working one job part time with no way to pay any thing. Can't hardly pay my regular bills, let alone a 9,936 bill. That was all a misunderstanding that they couldn't even inform me of. It's crule to let someone suffer so badly with out a warning or notice or anything.

olgarihna on July 20, 2015:

I was collecting an unemployment twice, and never had to pay back

don on June 25, 2015:

I got laid off October 20th 2014 for the next four and a half months I collected unemployment I went from making almost a thousand dollars twice a month to two hundred and twelve dollars a week at which point in time I receive a letter in the mail saying that my benefits. If I do not find a job soon I found a job worked it was there for 2 months before they laid me off try to file unemployment again they tell me that I am ineligible and that I have to pay back 2400 dollars plus interest on that how is it that we can pay into it and still get penalized for using it it makes no sense to me whatsoever I live in the great state of Washington .... well not so great

blackstareyes on April 18, 2015:

Well get this I never received the unemployment money to use, they sent it they said on the card. They never sent the card though. How ironic I have to pay money that I never received. This is what New Jersey does. Now I'm out of a job and can't feed my kids. You know that fake saying they have NO CHILD GOES HUNGRY. That's a lie too that NJ tells. I have never seen a State Return Tax either. New Jersey has the worst government system around.

fatima on March 09, 2015:

My husband is having so much problems with the unemployment too but in california they told him to almost like all of you and takes 4 ever to get some one to help we finally had our congressmen help us try that it helps good luck every one

Bobbi on February 01, 2015:

Did this guy ever try the law suit? My husband revived unemployment while caring for his dad with cancer, he had 4 yrs of making 70,000 a year, after the unemployment ended, we got a letter saying he shouldn't have been paid and they want like 16,000$. I would love to be a part of the law suit, my email is

qui on October 16, 2014:

soo sorry this happened to you! I am going through the same exact thing. We have to pay for the mistakes that they make and it is not fair!

Brianne on October 02, 2014:

I collected unemployment in NYS at the max rate of 400 weekly. 1 year later was told the company i worked for disputed it and owed $17,000. Yes, Seventeen Thousand dollars. i had a lawyer got to the DOL years later with notarized documents from the former employer saying i in fact was entitled when i was finally getting back on my feet and they refused to open my case. NYS has taken my tax return for the past 3 years and i assume will continue to do so. i am a single parent completely screwed by the "system".

tim on September 14, 2014:

The state of R.I. is threatening collections for $8,200 for 5 months of unemployment. They did not allow a continuance for my lawyer, found against me to collect, and now they want what they already gave me. I did not lie when I filed my claim, and there is not any fraud on my behalf.

dina1927 on June 16, 2014:

I receive an audit notice for some weeks that don't match with my former employers numbers with mine and some of the claims are in the wrong employers and I remembered when I was clauming benefits I was most of the time being kick out of the system when I call back It would say the weeks were claimed so on and so forth. And now Im not sure if I should reply back to the notice or not.

bluejay on May 31, 2014:

I got unemployment when I was wrongfully terminated from my job. A couple of months later I got a part-time job. I talked to the unemployment agency and they said I could take it and they would deduct the amount I was paid from unemployment. I quit that job a week later due to lack of childcare providers for part time workers. The unemployment agency had hearing about this matter (without my knowledge) and they decided that I owed them money for all weeks after I took the part time job. I told them they had told me I could take the job and still pay me the difference. They said that was the rules at that time, but the rules have changed in the last couple of weeks. So they cut me off from unemployment and they made me pay back 3 weeks of pay. I would like to join this lawsuit-how do I sing up.

davidjr23 on May 28, 2014:

Hey deskjockey I have the same problem, i got a letter form unemployment saying i owe them a little more the 15,000. When i first got that unemployment they said i qualify for 350 a week now after collecting for a year. i got a letter saying i own them all that money because i didn't qualify for it. So what should i do? Did you fix your problem?

Mharris on April 21, 2014:

I worked at a job and one day the owner decides she is paying too much in rent , so she closes the business until she can find a cheaper place . Leaves us all hanging . I file for unemoyment and I'm approved . So I check in and do everything I need to do every week to get my check. I even call and ask if everything is ok like every other week and I'm told yea you are fine. I go through three tiers with nothing said to me . This is September 2011 it starts. In May 2012 I stop getting my check one week . I inquire and I'm told they made a mistake. The excuse is because they couldn't get in contact with the place that just closed , my benefits were coming from the job that I had before. The one that I had quit ( which was a temp staffing agency job)to go to the other one. They said that because I had quit that one is wasn't supposed to be eligible for benefits. I fought it and wrote to contest it. Never heard back about it never received a letter back. Since then I got another job. February 2014, I get a letter in the mail saying I owe $9000. The letter has no number to call back or to dispute it . I don't have that kind of money . I don't even make that much to make payments towards that . I didn't make the mistake they did. I kept all the letters they sent me through this whole thing . I don't have the money for this and I will be damn if they put me in debt for someone else's mistake. I will go to the governor , senator , president , the news. I will make sure people know about this corruption.

JoyceMiller on April 08, 2014:

Hey Foster,

You can get money from Walmart once you quit. First since you have health issues, you cannot work anyway. Please apply for SSI for the rest of your life. When you separate from Walmart, and you might get a small pension. Whatever you get SSI will take that off the payment you will get from them. Get your doctor to issue a report stating your medical condition and that YOU ARE UNABLE TO WORK. This letter will be sent to the SSI they will review it and you no doubt will get a SSI check. Move into an apartment complex that takes SSI and your rent will be cheap. Yes, you gotta do this before Congress goes all goofy and says no more SSI people can be signed up. So hurry and get your doctor to write that report that you are unable to work. Forget unemployment, which means you CAN work, and that means you have to LOOK FOR work, even though you are very sick. You can't look for work and you can't go back to work. So get SSI for the rest of your life and be happy:) Hope this helps.

Foster Chelle on April 03, 2014:

Here is one for you, I have worked at Walmart for right round 20 years. I was sick. I was out a lot for surgery but making sure that hr knew why I was out gave them doctor notes and I would get letters from the store about my leave. My gallbladder has ruptured, my appendix had ruptured, and had to have surgery. the day I came home I got a letter saying I was released from work. so I give unemployment the letter. still have the letter. I have lupus. and nuroplophy or nerve damage. then congress went through the non sighning stuff went on. I then got a letter saying that I needed to pay because I was working. I was not working. walamrt even said I was not working. today I get a letter saying that if they do not get payment they are going to file a civil suit. I wrote them a letter back and said I told I was not working, you sent me a letter still have the letter that says we know you have not worked so for that reason you can not get unemployment. so let me get this straight. you know I am not working, you know I am not getting money, you know I am sick with lupus and nerve damage, and where am I going to get this money? oh wait im not working so I can get unemployment. not. I have not worked in 6 months remember. Im not going to give you my arm, leg or anything else. you wouldn't want them anyway as they have lupus, its an autoimmune disease. so I will give you money when I have it but right now I have nothing so take me to court. I will tell the judge the same thing and maybe he will listen.

Pissed on March 05, 2014:

Well I can relate to all having problems with this unemployment crap..I was on unemployment here in Arizona in 09 when the financial crisis first hit..I was fired from my job for some BS company nonsense meaning (Out with the old smart wise worker..In with the new easier to screw over new worker) Those who have worked for a standard american company can relate right? Anyway in 09 when I applied it seemed to go more easier despite the time when the fed gov stopped

payments due to political gridlock..(Those who remember)...Despite that I remember it going smoother...I was fired and yet I had no major problems.. Company never fought it...Jan 8 2014..Lost my job after 2 yrs for the (same BS crapolla)..I filed a few days after my first small sad pitiful check $240 The most you can get in AZ I thought "Hey that went smooth again"....... The next week STOPPED!!! Of course my former slave master devil employer (a very large major american company) decides to dispute my unemployment..A whopping 5 weeks later ...NOTHING!!! Even though I called unemployment last week and was told by a supervisor I was to be paid 3 days ago...From the stories I am hearing from you all I better not get into anything further with these nazis!..I've been looking very hard to find a new job but I better look harder..I don't think its a good idea to move forward with unemployment ..I have enough problems I don't need a big pay back bill hanging over my head!..Hope I can find a job FAST!

N Petit on March 03, 2014:

I lost my job as a mechanic 3 years ago due to a theft of my personal tools I was required to have for work. I was told by my boss that if I can not replace my tools to leave. It is really hard to replace $30,000 worth of tools. No Insurance company will cover my tools at work. Work refused to pay me for the theft of my tools at their building, even though they claimed them on their insurance. I was forced out of work. I filed for unemployment in Michigan. After a few months I received a notice that my claim was denied and I had to repay. I went through all the steps. I got a terrible state appointed lawyer. I had my hearing. All I was allowed to say was yes or no. My lawyer only asked me if I was in the union. That's it! My employer's high paid lawyer lied his butt off and said that my tools I had purchased since I was twelve was company property and did not belong to me. I had to provide tools to have this job. It was in the job interview. At any rate I lost my Unemployment hearing and was forced to pay them back. It took a while to pay them as I has no job and zero income. I was forced to withdraw a 401k I had from another job prior. I paid my unemployment back in full in May of 2012. I received a form that I owed $0.00 in June of 2012. In December of 2013 I received a statement from UIA that I owed them interest. Remember that I have a form stating that it was paid in full with interest In June. I wrote the UIA a letter and sent a copy of their form stating that it was paid. I spent hours on the phone on hold only to get a message to call again. I have been hung up on several times. I called my State Representative. UIA called me and said they would fix the problem and let me know. No one called. I was billed again. I wrote another letter. No reply. I was billed a third time. I spent over an hour on hold today only to be hung up on. I called again. No one could help. I called my State Rep one more time today. I got a call within an hour from UIA. Apparently they claim to have a two year computer glitch and I owe them. I don't know what to do. I paid them in full for money I should have. I lost tools, I lost a job, I lost my life savings, I paid in full and they still want more. NO!

Kevin on February 06, 2014:

let me start by saying that I am in a very similar situation in fact the state of Kentucky has filed liens against me. Keep in mind I applied for unemployment and began receiving payment. Little did I know at the time that KY has passed a law that allows any UE applicant (that meet specific prerequisites) to begin receiving unemployment compensation within a matter of weeks of filing their claim. Be minful this is before they have officially made an actual determination of your case. After collecting benefits for little more than seven months I receive a notice that my claim had been denied and requested I repay ALL UE benefits that had been paid to me. As they were aware I was unemployed and had no income. During the time I was collecting benefits I was interviewed several times with various companies and on numerous occasions told I was over qualified.

So faced with the issue of having to repay KY I was willing to work at McDonald's if necessary to make payments as they requested.

Not more than four weeks after being told I had to repay them, and they did originally offer a payment plan. I agreed that once I was gainfully employed would keep them appraised of my status and begin paying them back upon receipt of my first paycheck.

The next parcel I received advised me that I must remit a full payment which obviously I don't have the financial means to do or UE would have never been needed to begin with.

After talking with various state employees, they inform me and everyone else that the law was passed to prevent those who loose their jobs, get laid off, furlough etc to be able to maintain their homes and such.

Well the reality is, they passed the law so they could take advantage of individual and families during hardships.

As of now the state has filed a lien against any property/money I may ever have. Although I don't OWN anything but an old vehicle I feel bad for other who would loose their home, cars, IRA etc..

If I ever inherite anything KEntucky will take it which is a shame.

All the while, the money I "owe" them is accruing interest.

although I don't have financial means I do have the best of intentions and would help anyone in any way possible especially as it pertains to the cases I've read here today

AJ on January 13, 2014:

Jesus, wish you used a different name but okay....

Some people scam the system from the start. Others try to utilize programs and then get off them asap. Not everybody is honest or a cheat. The answer is as always somewhere in the middle. Figured with you being Jesus you would have knowledge of this. If an employer lies and says you quit after they fire you. YOU COULD END UP OWING THE GOV MONEY. Right or wrong this is a truth. If the employer wins you have to pay it back. Doesn't matter if they lied to win. So typing in all caps that people need to read a pamphlet does very little to fix this issue. I guess what we need to do is 1. apply for benefits. 2. pray we actually get them. 3. Save them for an undetermined amount of time to make sure we aren't going to get screwed. 4. Hope we can use the money and find a job before we cant feed our kids and pay our bills. Awesome logic on your part though. I have never before this day wanted to slug Jesus in the face.

Al on January 13, 2014:

Guys don't be surprised that this shit awful country is screwing people over. I went through several years ago and fond that the solution is to work under the table and have several different hustles going on that are tax free....Im not saying sell drugs or something like that, I am just suggesting that you find some income that they cant tax. This way you are both making a better life for you, and sticking it to the gov. Some small business owners pay under the table as well as if you use craigslist under the "Gigs" or "General Labor" section. I owe 3000 dollars to them and as long as I never work a taxed job they wont be able to get it. Fuck them. Remember this only works if you were poor and probably going to be poor your whole life. I wouldn't advocate doing this if you have a good job. Lets just say if you make 30000 a year or less than 12 bucks an hour you can do better out of the system. I once had the typical republican attitude that if people just worked hard like me they would be fine. Lost a job....than another....than my wife go laid off twice in one year. We have been stepped on and led on in regards to getting help. I will never pay into this bs again.

Painful2013 on January 04, 2014:

I want to join the law suit.

They stated I owe over 15,000. I asked for a break down and was unable to get a break down on the amount owe. Now I have to go to court on Unemployment Fraud Jan 17th, and try to fight this. I am unsure what to do and how to handle this situation. Can I file CHAPTER 13 to get this dismiss? What are my options? I barely have enough money to feed my family, and this will really put a burden on me if I have to pay this amount back to unemployment.

oneforall on January 03, 2014:

this country needs a revolution point blank period...people need to stand up and take back our country...everything this country was founded upon has been taken out of our hands slowly but surely...but its written that this country is ours...not theres...they work for us...time to put there ass back in the rightful position

Dee on November 19, 2013:

This issue is ongoing and is ridiculous. Back in October 2010 I got approved for eligibility and received 283 a week. In April i received an error stating i needed to call in because there was an issue with my certification. I was then informed that I have been receiving unemployment insurance for the past six months and i needed to pay back $6,700. I filed for an appeal and i lost due to not having any documentation. I do not understand how I am required to pay back this amount of money when it was not my fault i was over payed. I was not trained to do their job and determine if someone is eligible to receive benefits. The employer failed to appeal the determination within the 15 day period and allegedly it was because they never received paperwork from the department. They allegedly showed "good cause" because they did not receive information and because they only found out due to checking their quarterly report. How is it my fault they only check their reports quarterly? If they pay into the system they should check reports in a more timely manner considering they are ruining someone else's life and eventually credit. I was told there is nothing I can do about this situation because i received benefits when i was not eligible. (like i knew that). I was informed that by the end of December or the beginning of January they will put a lien on any property and will begin to garnish my wages. The only options i have is to file for bankruptcy, pay off the amount in full, or payments, or take this case to civil court. I am only 24 years old and getting screwed over due to their mistakes. There needs to be a rule or policy that if it is administrative or employer mistakes they are obligated to pay the amount that was over payed or take it out of the workers gross income , considering it was their mistake. I am completely disappointed in this system that continuously screws innocent people over. Social Policy makers should really take a look into this problem and help people out that do not deserve this. I have a child i have to care for, and if i did not need the assistance i would have not applied for benefits. I would like to join this class action. Something needs to change.

Brandon Meehan on November 05, 2013:

your story sounds exactly like mine I worked 1 day and they are trying to say I owe them for 9,000 bucks they tole 2,100 from my wife's tax return last year now I am in school and am expecting Financial Aid and I am in fear of them taking my aid how do I sign up with the Class acton Law suit get a hold of me my I am on facebook my url is

cheryl remington on November 03, 2013:

If I hear one more time that I cant do anything about what my former employer & the unemployment judge did to me , I'm going to loose it! I cant find a lawyer here in Spokane to save my life even with all the proof I have , but because I have no money up front means I have no rights. I can honestly say that being in an abusive relationship & having cancer is easier to have gone thru than what they have & still doing to me! I am separated with a 9yr old son who is suffering because of this , I have no family hear or any support ,and this has put me & my son in harms way for no good reason . If there is anything I can do to help stop the corruption and or suggest how to hold them accountable PLEASE CONTACT ME! My son & I would be forever GREATFUL!! My email is

sighs on October 09, 2013:

I would like to join this class action suit.

Where do I sign up for it, what do you need from me?

It's true, they don't care about anything except money. They treat unemployment benefits like it's a line of credit. And you see the law that people are obligated to pay back monies paid in error even if they are received in good faith. It doesn't matter if you are honest with them, it's like they punish you for it. They are either Apaths or Sociopaths - probably a mix of both. They are indifferent and/or uncaring about others.

They need to be stopped and held accountable for THEIR errors.

SHERRY on May 01, 2013:

you are right I get half my money taken away because they (social security/disability) because they made an error so what the H am I suppose to live on . I just keep getting deeper & deeper in debt!!!!!!!!!!!! IT DOES SUCK! I BET IF THEY HAD TO LIVE ON 700 P/MO THEN YOU WOULD SEE SOMETHING HAPPEN . I BUSTED MY BODY UP WORKING SO HARD ON THE FARM & WHAT DO YOU GET FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK "NOT A DARN THING" & A HUSBAND THAT I DIVORCED CAUSE HE HE WAS SO NASTY HE DOESN'T LIKE HIMSELF SO NOW HE THINKS HES GONNA WRECK MY LIFE. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO PAY ME CRAP!!!! YOUR DAMNED IF YOU DO & DAMNED IF YOU DON'T

Lucky me 1863 on April 03, 2013:

Does filling for bankruptcy help? Or do you have to pay anyway. These unemployment seems to have unethical practices.

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