Once again the great state of Pennsylvania has decided to not give me what I have earned. I filed for unemployment in April of this year (09) and after paying back a PREVIOUS fault overpayment (not my fault but it's neither here nor there at this point) for the first month of my unemployment, I've received all of my regular unemployment. Starting three weeks ago, I was determined eligible for tier 1 benefits and did receive confirmation VIA letter from the PA UEC. I attempted to file my first claim of tier 1 on Sunday 10/4/09 and at the end of the filing process on the PAT line, a message came on that said I needed to talk to a UEC representative. I did that, got a nice Spanish lady on the phone that BARELY SPOKE ENGLISH that told me I was no longer qualified because I was "self-employed". I have filed EXACTLY the same way since I originally started my claim in April and have claimed EVERYTHING I have made with my part-time job so NOTHING has changed!!! My first question is, why are they doing this to me?? Where do they think the $100 - $150 I am claiming (I'm allowed $192 in PBR according to my original claim) as part-time employment comes from?? A little more background info.....In 2007, I started going to a trade school to learn Barbering, ON MY OWN DIME, because I knew the field I had been in for the past 15 years, trucking, was headed for a disastrous couple of years. I was laid off in April of this year, one month shy of graduating from trade school. I CANNOT find a job that will pay me anything NEAR what I was making in transportation but I have been Barbering on the side since 01/09.
I was not intentionally trying to mask ANYTHING with UEC but they are making it out like I was. I received a letter from them today telling me not only am I NOT qualified to get tier 1 any longer, but I am also required to pay back upwards of 6k that they have paid me since June and I've made approximately 2k from my sideline business. According to the letter I received and I quote, "you were found ineligible for UC benefits as of week ending 6/6/09 due to you being self-employed". Yes, I do work for myself but I do not OWN a Barbershop, I only contract spaces once or twice a week for 5 hours a piece and this does NOT interfere with trying to look and secure gainfully full-time employment. I'm at my wits end with this state as I feel as if they are trying to get out of paying me what is due. Should I appeal??