Unemployed Workers Union File Class Action Lawsuit To Prevent End Of Federal Benefits – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The unemployment union has filed a class action suit naming Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson as defendants.

Attorney Alec Summerfield filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of approximately 50,000 people who had applied for unemployment insurance as of March 18, 2020. The lawsuit calls for an injunction to prevent Governor Larry Hogan from ending the additional $ 300 weekly pandemic bailout.

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It also demands that the Maryland Department of Labor quickly release payments to people who have waited weeks, months, and even longer for their benefits.

“This is not the time to withhold substantial benefits from the people who live, fight and die during this horrific terrible pandemic,” said Attorney Alec Summerfield.

A spokesman for Governor Hogan’s office sent WJZ the following statement in response to the class action lawsuit:

“On bonuses, go anywhere in the state now and employers will tell you their biggest challenge is finding enough workers. In fact, there are more jobs today than ever before. Even the White House has distanced itself from bonus payments, stating that states have every right to opt out.

An example of what the labor shortage looks like can be found in the current job report. The hotel and restaurant industry created 2,200 jobs in May – fewer than in February, March and April, although demand continues to rise.

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In addition, wages and salaries were increased in May, which supports the state’s case for exiting the program.

Pending Claims: “The state continues to successfully process more than 97% of claims even when faced with an onslaught of fraudulent claims every week. Unfortunately, for the small fraction that is pending, state law makes plaintiffs prone to get stuck in a complicated decision-making process. The General Assembly did not address this issue during its 2021 session. “

Baltimore resident Vic Frierson has not received unemployment benefits for four weeks and calls the Maryland Department of Labor several times a day.

Just by chance, he finally spoke to a live operator this week. However, the person could not say for sure when Frierson will receive his benefits.

Prior to the pandemic, Frierson drove for Lyft ridesharing. He still wants to wait for more people to be fully vaccinated before returning.

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“I’m not at all comfortable getting back on the road early in the confines of my vehicle,” said Frierson. “We, myself included, have paid into the system and now expect to take advantage of it.”

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