Disability & Unemployment

Imagine you’ve worked for 9 years and you lose your job.
When you file for unemployment benefits you are denied b/c the state you live in says you are “not able” to work…. how would you feel?
Workers with disabilities that were recently laid off and can’t find new jobs due to COVID-19 are now in crisis because of state law NC GS 96-14.9c.  This law prevents people who receive or apply for disability benefits from being eligible for unemployment because the State of North Carolina considers them “not able to work.”
Why deny the safety net of unemployment insurance to people with disabilities while they are looking for another job?  It is unconscionable that we force people back into poverty by denying them the benefits they earned by working. 

NORTH CAROLINA IS FAILING

WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

This law is disproportionately impacting the group of people like T-Man
who chose to replace their disability check with a paycheck.
How does this make any sense?
What happens to all of the money that their employers paid into the unemployment system on their behalf?

OTHER STATES

DO NOT HAVE THIS RESTRICTION

“WHEN INJUSTICE BECOMES LAW

RESISTANCE BECOMES DUTY”

“People are people and everyone wants to contribute and be valued. Individuals with disabilities are just like you and me. Please give them the chance to live a life of purpose and dignity, the chance everyone deserves.”
JOCIE CREMISI
“Our disabled community members deserve, at minimum, the same access to unemployment protections available to other employees.”
LORI STOCKDALE

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