By now, it’s no secret that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) systems across the country are not working. On May Day, we published the results of our latest survey, in which a shocking 84% of Freelancers Union members who had applied for government assistance had not yet received a single dollar.
Four weeks later, things have not improved.
While we work to improve the laws that govern the PUA system, we are also working on the ground to help individuals get through the system as it exists today. If you’ve had your unemployment or PUA claim erroneously denied or miscalculated, or have been stuck in limbo for weeks waiting for your claim to be processed or disbursed, here’s what to do.
In New York City
A new free legal clinic run by Prof. Minna Kotkin at the Brooklyn Law School has been set up to assist workers who have had their unemployment/PUA claims denied or are facing other coronavirus-related employment discrimination. The Pandemic Unemployment Relief Clinic has more than 100 legal students ready to assist you with the appeals process and provide legal advice and possibly representation should you need it.
Fill out their intake form here. You’ll need to have whatever claim documentation you may