msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 03:30 am

Nebraska Labor Dept. mistakenly says man was jailed, must repay $6 in benefits

An Omaha man said he has to repay $6-worth of unemployment benefits, but that's hardly the cause of his concern. Nebraska's Labor Department listed a reason so serious he thought the letter was bogus. Sign up for our Newsletters Ben Rothe said the pandemic put him out of a job; he was furloughed in April by his company, then formally laid off months later. He filed for unemployment. “I never had any problems, or had any errors with the...

Ben Rothe said the pandemic put him out of a job; he was furloughed in April by his company, then formally laid off months later.“I never had any problems, or had any errors with the unemployment system until this past Friday when I got that email out of the blue,” Rothe said."You must be available to work to be eligible for unemployment, you were incarcerated and not available to work for four or more days,” Rothe said.Here's the problem: Rothe said he was never in jail!

“I have multiple people who can attest to where I was and the fact that I was not locked up at all,” Rothe said.Confusion and befuddlement and some slight anxiety, too," Rothe said.

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