After four attempts -- including enlisting the help of Governor Ted Strickland AND Congressman Dennis Kucinich -- the appeals board for the Ohio unemployment compensation/OJFS has consistently refused my valid appeal regarding gross underreporting of earnings on my original claim. Once my second extension runs out, the amount of underpaid benefits on my claim will amount to $7,500.00. All this, in spite of the fact that I had evidence there was no way I could have known my previous employer had underreported my earnings until way past the 21 day appeals date. Once I heard back from appeals, after the second attempt, the appeals officer informed me that, although Strickland has jurisdiction over OFJS and Unemployment Compensation division, he does not have any jurisdiction over the appeals division; no one does. I wonder how many other Ohioans don't even know they're being underpaid to the tune of thousands. I almost wish I was one of them, so I could have been spared all this hell since May. Yeah, I think the pool of money should come from employers. Employers, and all of their wayward other employees who sit around and do nothing and backstab, gossip, game-play, play favorites, nepotism and abuse their power should pay; not innocent taxpayes. Ninety-nine point nine percent of employers suck. And almost every one of them can't seem to establish authority on the job by disciplining wayward employees so that everybody wins. I've seen it over and over and over in every job I've had: rampant nepotism, rampant abuse of power, rampant favoritism, rampant treachery. Whatever they've been paying in health care benefits to employees, should instead be paid into unemployment compensation, and health care should be free.
By iknowbetter - Posted on December 15th, 2008