Georgia Division of Labor sued for delays in unemployment advantages

ATLANTA – Four Georgia residents are suing the state Department of Labor, saying delays in processing, paying, and hearing appeals related to unemployment claims are against state and federal law.

The lawsuit was filed in the Fulton County Superior Court last week.

The plaintiffs ask a judge to confirm the lawsuit as a class action on behalf of others who have suffered delays.

The plaintiffs are demanding that the judge order the ministry to obey the law and that the state pay compensation to the people.

Republican Labor Commissioner-elect Mark Butler has admitted the department has been inundated with applications, blaming previous underfunding by state lawmakers for the agency’s exhaustion. However, Butler says the agency has caught up.