My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: ct
Hello. In August I received a notice of unemployment overpayment in the amount of 513.00 for 6 months when I was working part time while collecting after I was laid off last year. Mind you I am full time again and have been for almost a year before this was brought to my attention.
I completed the appeal on the back, attached a formal letter, and attached amounts. It was noted that I had to estimate my weekly payments for work as directed by a lady in the unemployment office so I did when I initially reported. Some estimations were 16-20 off weekly and I understood and recognized this after reviewing paystubs. However, they also claimed I knowingly or fraudlently misrepresented my earned funds, which I did not. It was my FIRST time collecting, I had NO idea how much I was reimbursed after my part time pay, and honestly, had no idea what I was doing and reported to the best of my knowledge. Every time I called unemployment I would wait 3-4 hours before I could even get in touch with a person to ask, and half the time I was hung up on seeing that only ONE person worked in the entire office for the state. I mention all of this in the intial appeal.
Weeks later I began to receive statements. I received a letter then stating that I owed 513.00 and that I had a penalty for fraud on collecting. I sent a letter asking to appeal. Frankly, I can understand if I owed money due to wrongly estimating, but I was livid about the fact that I was accussed of fraud. So I appealed.
I went to the appeal today, brought copies of pay stubs, letters, and tried to explain myself. What an agonizing thing the appeal was. She also said I never completed an intial appeal or sent one back! (Which I didnt have copies of I had at home. . .unbelievable that I assumed they had it, and I sent priority mail to the dept of labor before the due date). I am not sure if I should mail them a copy since they seemed to have lost this in their paper trail.
I was upset, nervous, and am not sure if I represented myself well but I attempted to make it known that I estimated honestly, had no clue what the entire process itself was about, and did not feel supported nor guided in my attempts to reach out to unemployment with questions and concerns. They kept bringing up the numbers, and I didn't have an answer besides the fact that I estimated to the best of my knowledge and tried to figure things out. Not to mention there were a few times when I was paid holidays, although this was not in my original work agreement which I gave them, but did not find out until 2-3 weeks after claims and did not know how to do anything about it. I feel as though I was not able to represent myself well, and I know that I DID NOT knowlingly do anything wrong, at most it was ignorance in this case and inability to get the support I needed. What can I do next about this matter?
In two weeks if I receive the final letter and it says that I owe 513 and that it was found that I did not knowingly report earnings correctly,fine I will pay in installments. If it was found that I did knowlingly report earnings and owe 513, even though the penalty does not even matter to me becuase I am full time, what matters is my dignity and name. It upset me that I was accused of this. Is this normal law in CT? What else are my options? Please help. Thank you.