Unemployment Law Project

Join us for a live webinar at noon on Monday, April 13, as we answer your questions about COVID-19 and unemployment benefits. You can also view recordings of our past webinars here.

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Our Services

We help individuals challenge the denial of unemployment benefits in two ways, through direct representation and our telephone helpline.

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Representation

An Unemployment Law Project representative will help provide focus and direction during the hearing and ensure that your voice is heard.

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Telephone Helpline

Questions about your situation? Please use our telephone helpline. Our staff give free advice on an appointment basis about unemployment benefits.

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About Unemployment Law Project

The Unemployment Law Project provides low-cost representation and free advice and counsel to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged.

With offices in Seattle and Spokane, Washington, we offer our services to anyone with a Washington State claim. Learn More »

Donations

Donations make up about one-third of our annual budget. We absolutely rely on the generosity of individuals like you who support our work. Please consider making a donation today.

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Volunteer

We rely on the assistance of volunteers for an array of tasks, from clerical tasks to representation of claimants at administrative hearings. We provide training and on-going supervision. 

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Brew Review 2020 Postponed to September

UPDATE! While I think we could all use a drink, or a good bit of socializing with friends in the community, we are postponing Brew Review due to to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our rescheduled date is Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 5-8pm. We’ll let you know more information as we… Continue reading

Employment Security Redesign Project seeks reforms

Since its founding, ULP has advocated not only for individual clients, but for protecting and strengthening the employment security rights of the more than four million current and future workers now living in Washington State. Rocky economic conditions, recessions, budget battles, and anti-worker politics can undercut or chip away at those rights. In addition, just ahead lie nationwide structural changes in employment—because of globalization, robotics, and the gig economy—that will pose even greater challenges to employment security. Continue reading

ULP Serves Vets and Military Families

I joined the practice of law to provide services for the powerless. I never want to go back to the grind of the cubicle life where my talents and passions were washed away with each passing day. This position at the Unemployment Law Project has rekindled the fire in my soul. I would be fortunate to be allowed to continue this fellowship or find a similar position elsewhere. It has been an honor and privilege to serve alongside attorneys who live for an opportunity to serve their community. Continue reading

Building Community Connections

It was deep into my pre-hearing conference with a client that the reality of the language barriers she faced emerged as a fully formed picture. She had signed documents alleging facts that she disputed because she was unable to read English. Her supervisor had a job termination meeting with her where she was asked if she understood the allegations against her; she replied ‘yes’ because she was embarrassed that she did not understand the words that her supervisor used. While my client had an interpreter to understand her administrative hearing, she was rightfully frustrated by her job separation and the unemployment insurance process. Neither proceeding had been inclusive or accommodating. Continue reading