Unemployed Americans Sue States for Benefits

They want reinstatement of $300 per week unemployment checks.

Early in the COVID pandemic, Congress authorized $300 per week unemployment benefits in addition to state unemployment benefits to be paid to those who lost jobs. The benefits are due to expire in September. However, 26 states have decided to end that program early in an effort to encourage people to go back to work to support the economic recovery.

Now, unemployed Americans in Indiana, Texas, and Maryland have filed lawsuits against their respective states seeking to reinstate the pandemic relief.

Unemployed persons in Indiana were the first to take legal action, arguing that the state and Governor Eric Holcomb had “violated the clear mandates of Indiana’s unemployment statute—to secure all rights and benefits available for unemployed individuals.” A state judge in Indiana said the state must continue paying the federal money to roughly 2,300,000 Indiana residents until the lawsuit is ended, arguing a “preponderance of evidence” suggested the early termination of the program violates state law.

The lawsuits in Texas and Maryland are similar.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For state officials to comply with applicable laws as they seek to get people back to work as quickly as possible.
  • For members of Congress as they consider extending the federal benefit as its expiration nears in September.
  • For people who are seeking employment and those who are yet unable to return to work because of extenuating circumstances.

Sources: Fox News, CNN


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