Florida woman receives $13,000 after 2 years of waiting for unemployment benefits


Julie Meier and her husband Mike never imagined that selling their canvas and boat flooring business to a company in Georgia would result in a two-year backlog of unemployment benefits.

The Meiers were hired to run the company in Georgia, but when COVID-19 hit, work orders stopped and they were furloughed.

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Meier told News 6 that she filed for benefits with the state of Georgia to cover 12 weeks of unemployment between April and July 2020.

She was told she would receive benefits, but she never did.

A year later, she received a recorded message from the Georgia unemployment office that read, “All of your wages were earned in the state of Florida. You will need to file within this time period in the state of Florida.

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She immediately filed a claim with the Department of Economic Opportunity, but as of May 2022, she was still waiting for benefits and was about to drop out.

“Somehow, thanks to God and luck, I was able to find you online,” Meier said. “I’m so thrilled. I have told my family and several friends about you.

She was thrilled once News 6 and Make Ends Meet alerted the DEO to the mistake between the Florida-Georgia line.

The DEO reviewed Meier’s case and issued a total of $13,560 to his bank account within three weeks.

The last payment was made on June 13.

“I’m still in shock like I am right now,” she told News 6. “I can’t believe I actually got the payment after all this time. It took a tremendous weight off my shoulders.

If you are still waiting for unemployment compensation and have documentation proving you are eligible, email [email protected] or simply text the words “Make Ends Join” with your issue to 407-676-7428 .

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If you are eligible for benefits, News 6 and the DEO will work together to make it right.

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