I work for a very large company in Lakewood NJ that has some seasonal work.
With that being said, on holidays and breaks we are to collect unemployment insurance to offset the loss of wages.
What a joke! I filed in April 17,2022 and to date have not received a penny. I know there are many employees with the same issue. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck, and not receiving our benefits is the difference between making ends meet and becoming homeless.
I have called at least 30-40 times a day only to hear “Due to extremely high call volume your call cannot be answered at this time. Please call back on the next business day”. The very few times I did get through by a miracle they said “your claim has to be escalated, and that can take 4-5 weeks”. WHAT!!!
OK well it’s been 13 weeks and I’m still waiting for my week in April and 3 weeks in June/July since part time has begun. Also, I got a letter from them stating that I owe them money because I was employed for a week in April 2021 when I had Covid!!!
I have sent them proof I didn’t work due to covid and had to go back a week and a half later. They have deducted that money from my claim and will continue to do so until they fix it which could be another 3 weeks.
I’m extremely distraught. I wrote the Governor’s office with no response what so ever. All I want is what I have paid into and not have to worry about paying my bills.
I understand that everyone is short staffed, we are as well, but I’m at work when requested and so are many others. We should not be made to literally suffer because they cannot get it together.
Is there something that can be done? Maybe a class action lawsuit against the State of NJ Unemployment. I’m sure there are many employees that will join in, having heard numerous horror stories from people who literally cannot make it to the end of the month without the unemployment check. After all, we pay into this, we should be able to get it without literally BEGGING for it.
TLS welcomes your letters by submitting them to [email protected]