• edd mother

    Since my son’s living at home it sucks because, it’s pretty much all his money. For someone out there supporting themselves completely this would be a disaster. The $5600 could easily turn into $10000 with the $500+ interest a year.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for posting this. i am sorry that your son and yourself have to deal with this. edd is a horrible institution and the way they distribute benefits is ridiculous. i reported a small amount of income in 2010 when i was collecting on an extension tier- they paused my benefits because they decided that i was running my own business, total b.s. i took a small typing job that i did from home. anyway i figured they cut me off for good and started a job that i made 1500 total in 6 months. when the job ended i called edd to set up a claim, but the employer had not reported my wages. they put me back on my old extension at 450 a week. well some six months later the employer reported the wages and it would have been 62 dollars a week. i am still owed a tier at 450 a week and now edd is saying that they overpaid me 5,000 dollars. they have admitted this is their fault but since you can never get a straight answer and every time you call someone tells you something different. i am in complete hell. they have sent me claim forms to balance out the 5,000 (since it is their fault) but when i called to check some rude woman at the overpayment department apparantley was not aware of this and started talking to me like i was committing a crime or something. they still owe me 2700 dollars which is being held up forever because of this, and from what i can tell from all the mixed up paperwork they are sending me it looks like they are trying to move the 2700 to the alleged 5,000 i owe so their books can be balanced and they won’t have to report their mistake. at this point i have given up on ever getting a payment, but when all the dust settles i am going to file complaints against them and make sure i get the 2700. it is a matter of principle at this point and i can’t stand it! good luck with everything, fight them if you have to, they are evil!

  • Anonymous

    EDD punishes people for working!

    • KATE IS HERE

      Absolutely true!! The first way they punish you is that you have to mail the paper form instead of going by webcert or telecert. And it takes two to three times longer to get your check. Then if it was just a temp gig, they get all panicky about the reason you left. IT WAS A TEMP GIG. They are like a robot where TEMP GIG does not compute. They can only understand regular work.
      WELL SORRY THERE IS NO REGULAR WORK. They can hold up your check to call to ask you what happened with your temp gig. IT WAS A TEMP GIG, DANG. Don’t they understand the concept of temporary work? Or maybe they don’t know the defintion of temporary?
      And have you noticed how there is only ONE LINE to write down jobs you may have worked? One line for each possible job PER WEEK. So if you work two temp gigs in one week, then you enter the amount of money made (you can combine them). Then there is no place to list both employers in the same week. The other possible issue is that since you might have to combine earnings from two different gigs in one week…..guess what? At some point some one is going to say “hey this amount of money does not match any ONE of these employers. I bet you any amount of money that some have run into this.
      This is because the concept of temp work is totally foreign to EDD. There is no place for it on the form. And no matter what you put in the box “reason for leaving” it is going to be wrong, because you did not leave….you were not fired…..you were not laid off…..you were not let go.

      • Hi, Kate! Good you’re here

        THIS IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

        I have scrawled my temp gig job info in the past and sat and pondered for far longer than needed on how to combine earnings and what to write for reason I’m not working.

  • Blackwidow5

    EDD said my huband was over paid $900 in 2010.  He paid them back withing 4 weeks. Then in 2011  he got a job. EDD started garnishing his wages at $257.00 a week plus $70 a week from his perdium. We didn’t notice untill 4 weeks ago. He called and they faxed a stop garnishment to his company. for 2 more  weeks they have still garnished his wages. They now say his case is in refund status which will take 12 weeks to get his money back. Why will it take 12 weeks to get back money they stole from him. This week they again garnished his wages….It never stops! Even when they have sent a stop garnishment notice they are still stealing his money. EDD is a mess. Most of those people that you talk to on the phone are rude and no help. One lady just hung the phone up on him when he said he had a question she said ” Your in refund status, you don’t need to know anything else” and hung the phone up.

    • http://www.google.com Tazman Starfighter

      jus remember, the government can give back your money when THEY FEEL like it. they got so many damn departments they double and triple what they do that this department has to tell this department that department this…it’s insane.

      No worry–you will get your money. Ask them will it be with interest as his check was garnished and that was not his fault either.

      They can give you retro money. You just have to ask for a supervisor. Never talk to someone who just answers the phone. Everyone has a supervisor. If the butt says they can help you say, you appreciate that but you were told to ask for a supervisor. They will get you one, write down the name, ask nicely for their direct line when you call back again, etc. Be nice about it. No yelling or screaming or these hags will hang up on you. Be a good person about it. We all make mistakes. Been unemployed since 2008 when job went overseas now work retail (yep) part time. Don’t qualify for unemployment anymore because ” i make over the weekly allotment ‘ – ugh! Got the job in 2012. Whoopee! At least I’m not homeless.

      Hope this helps. Take care.

  • aikane92121

    The California EDD does need a law suite against them for fraud! I moved out of state 13 years ago. While I lived in California though, I claimed unemployment a few times. I worked, but my job was not steady (reason I moved). Anyway, seven years after I left California I received a letter stating I owed over $1200 in over payment to the California EDD. They had already made a judgement against me and included penalties. This was shocking because I know I filled out the forms correctly everytime. I called them to see what this was about.

    They said it took them five years because they didn’t have my correct address. OK… I put in a change of address everytime I moved and no one else seemed to have a problem including being summoned for jury duty….. They give me a new phone hearing date and drop the fees for no payment. I am given time to determine dates of employment. I had to call places of employment to get timesheets. One place I worked at had closed all locations in the US except one on the east coast. They did not have a customer service phone number and it was automatic phone call hell! After trying every option possible, I finally talked to one live person who was willing to help me track down the person I needed to talk to.

    After a couple of months, I presented my case to mediator/attorney/EDD thug. I was able to find all but two of my time entries and prove that I filed my EDD paperwork right including the fact that I was no longer at a job a month past what the EDD accused me of. So instead of owing $1200, I only owed about $149 for the entries I could not find. I was told the California EDD would have to adjust the amount owed and send me a bill.

    I called the EDD a couple of months after the dust settled and the nice lady I spoke to said ignore the bills they are sending and wait until they adjust the amount. It has been 13 years and I am still waiting! I refuse to call them again or do anything to help them. I should not even owe the amount they accuse me of so why should I? If anyone else out there gets accused of this, fight it!

    • Owen Moore

      The same situation happened to me, I moved and never received notices. I only found out about this “debt” because the offset my federal tax refund, I called EDD and got nowhere, according to them I was overpaid $300+ in 2003, which I was but it was their fault. They took this out of my checks so I repaid it, or so I thought. ( I collected UI in 2009, with no mention of this old debt BTW) That $300+ has morphed into a lovely $5800 with interest and penalties. I can not appeal because of how old the debt is. Yes, I feel like I am in a debtor’s prison of sorts. I make less than $10,000 a year, how can I pay this back? I don’t have any of the paperwork from 2003 to back me up. I only save files for 10 years! Yes, unemployment claims are loans, not benefits. They are sharks and they will get you eventually. I should quit working and go on SSI instead so they can’t touch it. I’m surprised they haven’t garnished my wages! Evil in a league with Satan!

    • Michael K

      EDD needs more than just a law suit. All of their employees are black, Latino or female, which was outlawed in 1997 when Proposition 209 went into effect (It is now Article I, Section 31 of the California Constitution, which outlaws race and gender preferences in state hiring, among other things).

  • Renee (the first Renee)

    You are soooo right thats why I rode the extensions so long. I have seen and heard when temp jobs go wrong and mess up your benefits. I had a friend take a temp job and he did not like it and quit. Will the EDD would not give him back his benefits because he quit. My advice is to stay on unemployment until you find the right job. Keep doing your job search etc but do not tell the EDD you have turned down work. I have 3 degrees and I did turn down jobs that I knew I would not like or I was not sure about. It is never a good idea to give up your unemployment for a temp job. I hate temp jobs and I refuse to take them. As a temp you HAVE LIMITED TO NO RIGHTS and the company can bring you on and show your to the door whenever they feel like it or treat you like crap. Temp jobs offer money you CANNOT count on.

  • Renee (the first Renee)

    Also if you do take a temp job YOU MUST REPORT THOSE WAGES. It sounds as if your son was collecting and was not reporting those wages which is a huge mistake. If he had of reported those wages it would not have went so bad and since the job only lasted 2 weeks if he was let go then the EDD would have gave him his money back. Sometimes people take jobs and wont report because they are using the unemployment to help play catch up which I totally get but this can and will come back to bite you. It sounds as if your son was playing both hands and the EDD gave him a royal smack down.

  • Scottman

    I’m dealing with the same thing. Went to a CUIAB hearing and the ALJ was a horrid wench. If anyone else has had issues with the Inglewood CUIAB office please share your story. I’m going to try and write to Governor Brown to find out how to have her and them investigated as I pay back $5000 for doing nothing wrong!! They are in the job of screwing people over. She didn’t believe a letter from my DR stating I could work!! She refused to call him during the hearing when I asked her to call. Said I should have made arrangements for him to be there. Really?! WOW I guess I’m supposed to be psychic and know in advance she wasn’t going to believe a signed letter from him. The 2nd level appeal is a JOKE. You will never win and all they do is process those through as fast as they can so they look good to the Labor board in DC. Then they expect you to go to Superior Court and that costs thousands more!! They really have an iron clad system and no one ever investigates what these agencies are doing. I don’t care what anyone says CUIAB and EDD are both working together to screw innocent people over!! They are the biggest SCAM going in CA!!

  • Frustrated beyond…

    Agreed, EDD and the state of California are con artist…state government is in ruins, so they are grabbing at anything in hopes of digging themselves out of the hole they placed themselves in. Just received a notice of over payment from EDD, mind that it’s now 2014 and I haven’t collected benefits from them since about mid 2012. Adding to that, I haven’t been a resident of California for over a year now. The notice is to take the funds from my tax return if I don’t pay them within 60 days from the date of the notice. Anyway, there is no information detailing the time frame in question that the over payment was made. It goes on to say that I must submit evidence that the debt is not owed and they will decide if it’s valid and if the debt still stands. Really? Now I’ve got to call them, yeah…that’s if I can get through all the automated crap and who knows how long before talking to a real person and id they’ll give up the information.

    • News

      Hello, I work for News10 in sacramento. Can you please call me at 916-321-3268? Thanks!

      • http://www.google.com Tazman Starfighter

        You won’t do anything. Nor can the state change. don’t waste people’s time.

      • Lorraine

        Okay, wait a minute. There are too many similar stories here, making it clear that the EDD is engaging in unethical practices in order to generate revenue for the state of California. I filed for UI in California in May of 2001, after being laid off from my job. I moved back to the East Coast for work, relocating to Florida in mid-July of 2001. It was a lot tougher to find a job in Florida than I thought it would be, but by the end of August, I had found a job through a temp agency. The day after I received the job offer which started the following Monday, was the day of my scheduled phone in to the CA EDD. I hadn’t been receiving UI checks for very long at that point, and when the woman I was speaking to asked if I had received an offer of employment, I said that I had, and was scheduled to start on the following Monday. She said that the payment that was scheduled to go out would be held and credited back to my record, in the event that my job assignment ended at a point in time when I was eligible to have my claim re-opened. I was fine with that, but then I was told that I would not be receiving a paycheck until my third week (first weeks’ paycheck would be held back and second weeks’ paycheck paid on payday the following week, or the third Friday for the week before). When I called the EDD back and told them that, they said that my claim had already been closed based upon an offer of employment, and I had no recourse with regard to having my claim reopened while I “had a job.” I ended up learning more than five years thereafter, that the CA EDD had obtained a judgment against me for an “over-payment”, in the amount of one check. Well, this was the first I’d heard of this, since I was NOT overpaid at all, but rather, UNDERPAID. I never received any notification by mail, despite leaving forwarding addresses and ultimately moving back to my family home with an address that was listed in the public directory. I had no chance whatsoever to be heard, no chance to appeal the “default judgment,” no chance, period.Some five years later, in 2015, the EDD took money from my Federal Tax refund to satisfy a bogus judgment! I can see now that I’m far from being alone in this type of situation, and think that an advocate journalist ala “Seven on Your Side” reporter should do an expose piece that calls the EDD out! They took well over $1,000 from me, knowing damn well that I wouldn’t choose to spend more than that to go after them for a refund, As soon as I received the letter from the IRS advising of the payment to the CA EDD, I sent them a letter explaining the situation and requesting a refund. Nothing. What was in it for THEM, other than doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do?! I am permanently disabled since the end of 2013 and unable to work, and the money that the CA EDD wrongfully took from my tax refund is money that should have gone to me instead, Adding insult to injury, these people had the nerve to report me to TransUnion and then not have the derogatory removed after they had my money, which is screwing up my credit rating. The EDD needs to::

        Give me the money back they took from me in ERROR.

        Contact TransUnion Credit Reporting Agency and have the derogatory REMOVED from my credit report!!

        It’s long past time to expose this agency for the scamming thieves that they are! Shame on them! You have a story there, News 10 Sacramento, and there are plenty of people out there who would love to see you put pressure on the CA EDD until they give people their money back!!

  • Mike

    The same thing happened to me when i was laid off in 2009. I got a temp job and didn’t know i need to report those wages and now they have been taking the money out of my paycheck since the start of 2015. Now that i’ve paid off all but 80 dollars (i did owe 2275) my balance hasn’t been updated in there system so now there stealing my money. I’m still dealing with my debt from when i was unemployed for 2 years and this garnishment is killing me. I have enough money to pay rent and my car payment and that’s it. I don’t have any money for a lawyer so they just continue to take advantage and run me in circles when i call them. I was told if they do take more then what i owe i was get the money back in 3-4 weeks. Why is it that i have to wait 3-4 weeks to get back the money that you stole from me? EDD is a joke and the department shouldn’t be around anymore. I’ll never ever use the EDD ever i’d rather sleep on the street.

    • http://www.google.com Tazman Starfighter

      Do what I did. Since I got laid off I couldn’t pay my bills and had to do the bankruptcy thing. Best thing I did. It discharges everybody. See if it will discharge the state bill you have to pay for. Go to a community law firm (you don’t have to pay) and get your bankruptcy in order. You will have to go to credit counseling service (ask them to waive the fee of $50) since you are broke and they will like they did me. Then get your bankruptcy papers filed (or get someone at the community law center) to do them for you. It’s about $200. You see a film about credit, blah blah blah. Take the papers to the Bankruptcy Court (here in Sacramento it’s by the train station) pay the fee and get a court date. IMMEDIATELY the calls and harrassments will stop. You go to the hearing, tell the judge your situation and he will grant a discharge of all debt — either chapter 7 13 or 11 I don’t remember. You will be free! When you get credit again in about 1 to 1-1/2 years, don’t go crazy. Get ONE CREDIT CARD with cash back and just use it. You will be flooded with offers, just tear them up. You don’t want to end up with debt again. Hope this helps. Take care.

  • Mike

    I don’t know what needs to be done about the EDD but we the people need to act. Everyone whos had a bad experiance with the EDD needs to come on this website and tell there story. Maybe we can contact a news agency in CA and see if they will do a story about the how the EDD is ruining hard working peoples lives just because they can!

  • Lorr

    I got a debt set off for what they say is an overpayment 13 years ago and they said they sent me a letter 3 years after the fact and I was already a resident of another state. now im waiting for my phone appeal judge to call me back. they already took my tax return im going to fight them at least to remove the penalty.

    • heathercurtis

      How do you do a phone appeal? We live out of state for 5 years now and just found out they took our tax refund as well!

  • http://www.google.com Tazman Starfighter

    not only that, they go back on the dates you DID work and if you say you didn’t work forward that date they can grab your butt. They did that to me too. Thank God at the time I had low income housing otherwise I would be homeless with my two kids. Ugh!

  • Edgar

    I was working in two departments and got laid off one when I filed for unemployment in 2008. EDD ended filing my claims for the department I was still working for. One year later i owed EDD about 6,000 in overpayments. At the time I was helping my parents keep the house they were struggling to pay and I was finishing college. Its taken me a lot of years to finally find stability and pay all my debt but I notice I owe EDD 21,000 now. for the past 2 years I have been making small payments because I cannot afford their minimum payments. I don’t want to pay their interest, i find it insane. Anyone recommendations? Lawyers?

  • Spouse EDD complaint

    EDD just took our federal tax refund on a joint return for a $2700 debt they allege my husband owed. We haven’t lived in CA for over 10 years. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the IRS notice that was supposedly sent to us and I cannot fight it as an injured spouse now. I cannot imagine that there are still appeal rights with EDD on a 10+ year old debt. I am sure they will say they did everything right to notify, etc and we will have no way to dispute it anyway, because we don’t keep records after 7 years.

  • John Polacchi

    EDD does SUCK. They have mismanaged my claim and “overpayment” beyond the point of incompetence. My penalty was to be 5 weeks (as ruled by an EDD judge),but they extended it to 8 weeks anyway. Then I received my paperwork for my “repayment”. My payments were to be $50.00 per month. EDD took 100% of my unemployment insurance payments and that was all that I had to live on. They have totally FUCKED me and put me deeper in debt than I was before.it will take at least a year if not longer to get out of debt. Non of they math makes much sense either.I went without unemployment insurance for 6 weeks which would have easily paid off my debt to them. Its May now and they still say I owe more money. I’m so pissed off at them I didn’t renew my claim and I don’t plan on doing so. FUCK’EM.

  • Anthony

    I just received a Notice of Potential Overpayment for the time period of April 22, 2012 to May 5, 2012. The notice is dated June 12, 2015. I’m sure I don’t have any documents to refer back to. Who can remember that far back for 2 lousy weeks. Is there a time limit for which they can come after me?

  • Michael Arnold

    Ok going to describe my experience, of course not pleasant what so ever. So where to begin, well for starters I was given an notice of over payment from the edd, and yes of course I used the appeal process to explain my side. Let me add that I am not here to gain favor for my story what so ever, nor is it a admission of guilt. Lets get to it shall we, on a specific date the notice arrived from the edd, and yes I look over the facts it gave, and yes I got all my docs, Pay stubs, and copies of the claim forms I submitted for the dates in question to verify the differences the edd noticed. So here is where it get interesting, for the hours section on the claim form it ask hours work if you are employed part time, so in this section I entered the hours that my employer gave for each employee the hours he/she will work for the given week on the schedule for that week, no harm in that right, wrong according to the edd, because those hours might change. Now we all know that the edd claim forms arrive a few days or so earlier ahead of the of the work weeks that you will fill out in some cases. For example say that your work weeks are from the dates; 05/06/2012 – 05/19/12 on the claim form, and the date that the claim form is supposed to be mailed out is on 05/20/12, and your pay period on your check stub is for periods beginning 05/06/12 and ending 05/19/2012, and the pay date is 05/25/2012, and your employer gives your schedule on every Sunday for the begging work week of 05/06/12-05/12/12 with a given net total hours you will work for that week. So here is the question, if you use the net hours worked, but say the employer ask you to maybe stay a little longer during that week, for example let it be on the next weeks scheduled days, and it was on the 5/19/2012 you worked extra, and the form was mailed out on 05/19/2012, keep note you get payed on 05/25/2012, the question is this, how can you predict the hours on the form if the form is mailed out on the 05/20/2012, and your get payed on 05/25/2012, and your next weeks schedule comes out on 05/13/2012, and ends on 05/19/2012, and you mailed out the form on the 05/19/2012 using those net hours the employer expects you to work for that week? In other words you do not know the hours until the next weeks schedule is posted, and you already used those hours on your claim form, but unexpectedly it changes during the week say the middle or end of it, now keep in mind that the edd form only gives you one spot to fill in the dollar amount on the claim form for the total hours you worked, or earned pay for services for the end of that given week, not for each day. How easy is it for an error to accrue given the busy day you might of had looking for work, working on top of it, and/or going to school? Also you continue this pattern trying to figure out how to correct it, without making more errors, and/ or giving the wrong hours for the next claim forms, say if you add those hours on it from the error of the last, and this pattern of chasing those hours showed up on the next four months of claims, no again according to edd rules that is giving false information or material facts. The edd must think we are calculators, and do not make errors, and are not human beings that work to survive with the little pay we do get, that we hope that the edd is a service to help us, not burn us if we make a mistake, and/or treat us like lairs, and criminals if we do make a mistake on the forms, my mistake cost me $818 dollars in over payments where the differences where no more than the ranges of 26-74 dollars in over payments for each week period listed on my claim. The appeal process is all about numbers, not what you might have done or did, not if you are human or not, and make mistakes, and why, not if you are trying to survive, not what you do during the day and having so much to do each day, and having so much on your plate. To keep track of everything is hard enough, yet the edd expects us to be when it comes to the claim forms we must be calculators not humans. There is no humanism in the edd process, and/or services its all about the money, and yes I know that we cannot take advantage of it, but for peek sake we are humans, and humans sometimes make mistakes, yes I must own up to it, and yes I did. But let me add the process of appeal the whole works, treats us if we do make such mistake like criminals committing a horrific crime of fraud, and/or are liars, cheats or worse thieves even though they are insured themselves if such thing happens. So do I trust the system to be there to help me in the time of need or when I need it when I am down trying to survive? Keep in mind, and remember its all about the all might dollar and not being human trying to get bye or survive.

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  • Shabana

    EDD is claiming they over paid me. When they didn’t I kept them posted when I was working and such. They want like $2, 000 from me
    I am a single mother of one child. I make less than 15 thousand a year. They want to threaten me to take 25% of my paycheck. Can anyone tell me if that is illegal?
    The notice I got in the mail today was that they are going to take it to court to take my money from my paychecks at my job.

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