Last year after 18 years my job was eliminated. I was let go that day without anything. It was a Thursday and I was told even my benefits would end the following Monday. With no where to turn I filed for unemployment
. Sometime in May my former employer decided to give me a 3 month severance package. I took the 21 days and even had a lawyer look at it. I am 60 years old, raising 2 grandchildren and currently unemployed. Last week I received a letter from a fraud investigator with unemployment. I made mistakes in my weekly certifications such as checking no the severance which they call pay status. I did not know that I couldn't receive both at the same time. Now they want me to pay back the unemployment or he is threatening to throw my in jail. What can I do?
JA: Because employment law
varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: North Carolina. Sorry I am just upset.
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will
," union, full time or part time?
Customer: I am not sure what you mean. There was no union and I worked full time.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: This was the first time I ever applied for unemployment and I know they say ignorance is bliss but the unemployment is exactly what I would have received if the company had offered the Severance package when my job was eliminated. I would not have filed for unemployment.