How to get help
If the fact sheets, sample letters, and other links on this page do not address your needs, please call our Workers' Rights Clinic. We can provide services in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin and can arrange services in additional languages.
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Putting Justice to Work
Legal Aid at Work provides detailed information about numerous areas of employment law. Here are our fact sheets related to unemployment. Visit our “free legal info” page to see a complete list.
Sample letters and forms
You can download these Word documents and fill them out to apply for unemployment insurance or appeal if you've been denied benefits.
You may be able to handle your case on your own or with the help of someone you know, including filing an appeal. Here are guides for you and your advocate.
You may get additional information and support from organizations we work closely with.
National Employment Law ProjectLearn More
NELP fights for better policies to expand access to work and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed.
Coalition of Low-Wage and Immigrant Worker AdvocatesLearn More
CLIWA includes worker centers, legal services programs, community organizations, and workers' rights clinics across California that enforce workers’ rights to fair pay, safe working conditions, and workplaces without discrimination or harassment.
Highlights of Our Work
Here are examples of our achievements for clients securing unemployment insurance benefits:
California Supreme Court Issues Major Victory for Workers in Paratransit, Inc. v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals BoardLearn More
Last week, on July 3rd, 2014, in a major victory for California’s workers, the California Supreme...
Federal Extensions of Unemployment Insurance Benefits Authorized—But Shortened—for Unemployed CaliforniansLearn More
Late last month, Congress and President Obama extended federal unemployment insurance (UI)...
Information at these links may help you understand your situation and your options.