Fla. Unemployment Provision Violates Civil Rights, DOL Says

By Bill Donahue (April 25, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT) -- Federal labor regulators have found Florida's requirement that applicants for unemployment insurance must apply over the Internet and take an online skills test is a violation of a civil rights law, according to a preliminary decision released Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Civil Rights Center said the requirement discriminated against the disabled and those with limited English proficiency because neither group could easily access the computerized benefits process.

Florida has agreed to remedy the shortcomings of its program so that all eligible state residents "have fair and meaningful access" to unemployment benefits, a DOL spokesman told Law360.

Though released Thursday,...

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