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Tue Sep 7, 2021, 04:06 PM

Federal lawsuit filed to overturn Wisconsin's ban on disabled people getting unemployment benefits

A group of disabled Wisconsin workers is filing a class-action lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, looking to overturn the state’s ban on people who receive SSDI benefits from also collecting unemployment if they lose their jobs.

Wisconsin state law prevents people who are on federal disability benefits from also getting regular unemployment benefits if they lose their part-time jobs, a blanket ban that attorneys say is one of just two in the country.

“To treat them differently is treating them differently because of their disability,” attorney Paul Kinne said Tuesday afternoon during a press conference in Madison. “In other words, it’s disability discrimination.”

Last year, that law led to a temporary block on pandemic unemployment assistance for people with disability benefits before the federal government reversed course. Now, this class-action lawsuit is trying to get the law itself overturned.

https://www.channel3000.com/federal-lawsuit-filed-to-overturn-wisconsins-ban-on-disabled-people-getting-unemployment-benefits/

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TreasonousBastard Sep 7 #1
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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 04:48 PM

1. I understand the Scroogian thought process of outlawing double-dipping, but...

while I understand it, I find it far from agreeable or proper.

Both programs attempt to restore, even if temporarily, one's normal life. They replace what has been lost, like insurance. If you are disabled, but lose a job you managed to find, you should not be penalized for finding that job.

In our system, only the wealthy or powerful are allowed to gain from misfortune.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:32 PM

2. Not just allowed

The system is rigged so that they gain, regardless of what happens to the rests of us. And, there is no recourse to stop it, short of revamping 100+ years of tweaking. I doubt that can be done in a short period, so there will continue to be suffering because of it. If I were in that predicament, I would at least make sure to expire on the steps of the freaking legislature. That is how far we may have to go to get things changed.

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