Unemployment During COVID-19

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As of May 8, 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate had surged to 14.7%. The last time the unemployment rate was this high, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, and Americans were struggling through the Great Depression.

The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, and Tennessee residents are no exception. As such, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has taken several steps to make unemployment benefits more accessible.

Still, many suddenly unemployed workers are struggling to access the aid they need. If you are one of them, Donati Law, PLLC may be able to help.

Since 1980, our firm has been helping people just like you get through some of the hardest moments in their lives. We can help you, too.

Call us at (901) 209-5500 today to get started.

Am I Eligible for Unemployment?

In April alone, 20.5 million jobs vanished, practically overnight. Self-employed workers were not exempt. The state of Tennessee understands this hardship and plans to extend “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” to independent contractors, business owners, and other self-employed individuals as soon as it receives federal funding from the COVID-19 stimulus bill.

Funds are already available for those in traditional occupations who lost their job due to COVID-19 closures.

To apply for unemployment, visit Jobs4TN.gov.

If your claim is denied, contact our Memphis unemployment attorneys for assistance.

An Influx of Claims

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has received a tremendous number of unemployment claims and is processing them as quickly as possible. In the meantime, some families may be eligible for Emergency Cash Assistance from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Before you file your claim, you may want to decide whether unemployment assistance is the best option for you.

If you were laid off or furloughed, unemployment may be the solution, but if you were fired or retaliated against, a lawsuit may be the best way for you to get the resources you need.

Discuss your situation with Donati Law, PLLC today.

When to Contact a Lawyer

More often than not, attorneys do not need to get involved in the unemployment process. If you are facing a legal hardship or your claim is denied, however, our lawyers are ready to step in on your behalf.

Call us at the start of your claim if your situation is not straightforward. If your claim is denied, we can help you with the appeals process, as well.

When in doubt, just give us a call.

Contact Donati Law, PLLC Today

At Donati Law, PLLC, we are a family practice and we treat our clients like family. We work hard to level the playing field for everyday Americans and help ensure everyone has the resources they need to make it through hard times.

For the legal help you need, call us at (901) 209-5500 today or fill out our online employment law questionnaire.