Law firm files lawsuit against Gov. DeSantis, FDEO over state’s dysfunctional unemployment system

first_imgUPDATED: Gov. DeSantis Discusses Unemployment System, Economic Task Force’s Reopening Plan On Wednesday a Florida based law firm filed a lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) over the state’s defective unemployment system.Tallahassee-based Kitchen Law Firm filed the lawsuit and it names eight plaintiffs on behalf of others. The plaintiffs named each live in different counties throughout the state and hold a variety of jobs including restaurant worker, real estate agent, chef and photographer.Gautier Kitchen and Marie Mattox filed the lawsuit, claiming the state failed to “maintain [an] adequate unemployment compensation system to pay valid claims” to thousands of Florida residents who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They seek immediate payment for hundreds of thousands of Floridians.The lawsuit also cites the long wait times workers have faced filing for benefits during the pandemic.“The system was designed to fail, the website in and of itself was intentionally made to be confusing, not user friendly, unnecessarily redundant, a deterrent to just getting people to submit an application much less get approved,” said attorney Gautier Kitchen.Plaintiff Showalter, said she tried call about 50 times a day but would get disconnected, according to the lawsuit. She was able to get her claim around April 11, but still has not received any further information or money, the lawsuit says.Plaintiff Walls, was unable to contact anyone at the DEO for 31 days to file for unemployment benefits.“Plaintiffs, and all others similarly situated numbering in the thousands, were unable to obtain access to the unemployment system to apply for benefits and even after gaining said access, were diverted to another site or have been unable to obtain RA/unemployment compensation benefits rightfully due to them,” the lawsuit states.The lawsuit also claims that the governor is “ultimately responsible for ensuring that the unemployment compensation system in the State of Florida works and is accessible to citizens.”The law firm is seeking emergency relief for the plaintiffs, and for others were also affected.To read the full lawsuit click here. Florida is the slowest state to process unemployment claimslast_img read more

Football: Erickson, Marz selected to All-Big Ten offensive teams

first_imgIt was a suitable ending for one of University of Wisconsin’s most productive wide receivers to ever play in Camp Randall stadium, as fifth-year senior Alex Erickson was officially selected to the first-team All-Big Ten offensive team by the media and the second-team by the conference’s coaches Tuesday.Erickson recorded 72 catches — 38 more than the next highest UW player and second-most in the Big Ten — for a team-high 924 yards and three touchdowns this season. His efforts gave life to a sometimes struggling Wisconsin passing attack. Erickson will need just six more catches in his final game to match the school’s single-season reception record of 78.For his career, the wideout has totalled 136 catches, 1,823 yards and six touchdowns while serving as the clear-cut No. 1 wideout for Wisconsin over the course of the past two seasons.In addition to Erickson, fifth-year senior left tackle linemen Tyler Marz was selected to the second-team by the media and third-team by the coaches.For the entire season, Marz served as the cornerstone of an offensive line that has been plagued by youth and injuries, and was honored as an All-Big Ten player for the third consecutive year, as he was an honorable mention in 2013 and 2014. Since the 2013 season, Marz has started 39 consecutive games as a left tackle for UW.Both players began their careers as walk-ons, and they will now have one last opportunity in the team’s bowl game to prove their worth in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for Wisconsin.Football: Senior linebacker Joe Schobert wins Big Ten’s top linebacker awardThe Wisconsin football team’s defense ranked among the best in the nation all season, in large part due to the Read…Honorable mentionsSophomore tight end Troy Fumagalli earned honorable mention for his work in place of starting tight end Austin Traylor, who missed five games with a broken right arm.Fumagalli caught 26 balls for 277 yards and a touchdown, proving his potential to be a reliable starting tight end for the team next season.Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Michael Deiter also earned honorable mention from the media, as he started all 12 games on Wisconsin’s line as both a guard and center.last_img read more

Bermuda on Alert as Tropical Storm Humberto Set to Strengthen

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC  -Forecasters have warned Bermuda that strengthening Tropical Storm Humberto is a potential threat to the island after it moved to the north of the Bahamas.As of 12 PM Sunday, the storm, which is due to reach hurricane strength later in the day,  is expected to be around 230 miles west of Bermuda by midday on Wednesday as a Category 2 Hurricane.The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm, packing 65 mph winds with higher gusts, was moving north at seven miles per hour, but is expected to make a sharp turn to the northeast on Monday.On Sunday afternoon, Humberto was located 180 miles north-northwest of Abaco, which suffered loss of life and massive damage earlier in the month from Hurricane Dorian.“Additional strengthening is forecast through Wednesday, and Humberto is expected to become a hurricane by tonight,” the NHC said in its latest advisory on Sunday.Bermuda’s Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) has said it has begun to monitor the track of  Humberto.Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said: “The EMO is prepared and stands ready to convene should the weather system’s forecasted track pose a threat to Bermuda.“I take this opportunity to remind the public that Bermuda is in the midst of hurricane season. I strongly encourage the public to revisit your business, household and family preparedness plans.”The Bermuda Weather Service said Humberto would bring dangerous sea conditions to the island ahead of it.Humberto lashed already devastated parts of the Bahamas with heavy rain and strong winds which hampered recovery efforts after Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, tore into the island chain’s northwestern islands with 185 mph winds, killing at least 50 people and leaving thousands homeless.last_img read more