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What is point of a hearing if evidence was ignored?

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Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 12:00 am

Over $1,200 was the price I was forced to pay the EDD office for doing nothing wrong. My evidence clearly shows they are responsible for making the mistakes with my application for unemployment benefits — a couple of years ago. Here is my story.

A few years ago, I applied for unemployment benefits, and a follow-up letter from the EDD office was sent showing my information was received and that all the information was correct. Two days later, another letter was sent, but the this time my information was shown incorrectly. The EDD Office claimed I gave this false information the same day I filed with the correct information — but I was still able to receive my unemployment.

A year later, I applied for unemployment benefits again and the same thing happened. This time, the incorrect information made me look like I was an idiot. An example of this incorrect information included me using my last name as the name of the last business I worked for. Huh? This time I was unable to receive benefits.

Unfortunately for me all this was unknown to me because the paperwork was never received, and thus I was unable to respond to it. Recently someone passed away and all of this paperwork, my paperwork, was found amongst his possessions.

To get my day in the EDD’s court, the only thing I could do was file an untimely appeal. I gathered all my proof (recently discovered paperwork) and I went to their court to prove my innocence. What a joke. The untimely appeal allowed this court to ignore my evidence and my reason for being there. I had to use the untimely appeal because I didn’t know about the claims against me. The EDD court decided that this was not a good enough reason for filing late, so I had to pay them over $1,200. Does this seem right?

Anna Thomson


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