My question involves unemployment benefits for the state of: California. I received unemployment while i was pregnant last year, had the baby in December, got a new job in January of this year, then laid off in August (3 months ago). I received a determination notice stating that the department found i was unable to work due to illness or injury for a period of 3 weeks following my delivery. One section says I'm penalized for 8 weeks and another says I'm disqualified for 3 years following the date of the notice for "willfully" witholding relevant information to receive benefits. My questions are, 1) does that mean i am going to be penalized for 8 weeks or am I completely disqualified for 3 years? And 2) can I win this appeal by providing a note from my doctor stating that i was only unavailable for work for 4 days during the weeks in question? Im picking my doctor's note up tomorrow and have already completed my appeal form. Im pretty upset about this. I didn't willfully withhold information. I wasnt working my whole pregnancy so my doctor and i never discussed maternity leave because i didnt have ajob to leave. Filing for disability never even occurred to me...i was already receiving money from the state.