Citrus Heights, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: Can I refuse to return to work and still get unemployment if my employer forces us to claim money we don't take home?

I was laid off due to the coronavirus and called back today. Can I refuse to return to work and still get unemployment because my restaurant forces us to claim money we dont take home? This affects what Im entitled to through partial unemployment and the current federal subsidy. I dont want to lose my benefits by not going to work but I will be making less money than before and my earnings will be less than I am forced to claim. Right now even if I only get one dollar of unemployment I get the extra$600& I dont want my job because Im forced to claim anywhere from $10-100 extra a week

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1 Lawyer Answer
Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: There are some exceptions such as “child’s school closed and I am needed for caring for her/him”. Discuss your particular issue with a labor attorney. I hope this helps and stay safe. Zaher Fallahi, Esq, CPA (CA &D.C.).

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