What to do if I am currently collecting unemployment since I was laid off 5 months ago and now my mployer fhas orged my signature to stop it?

I was laid off and just started receiving my unemployment last month. I just learned that my employer is going to have his accountant forge my signature on an Independent contractor agreement so that they can get the money back. I already sent a letter to the accountant letting him know I was aware of the plot and that I would go to the authorities if I had to. Also, my former employer signed the company over to his wife so that he can get disability payments but he is still running the company. Is that illegal?

Asked on June 9, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Let's concentrate on the issue of you and the unemployment.  You have already notified him and the accountant that you are aware that something is up.  If they do in fact go forward with the plot then you have to wait and fight it.  You may need to speak with an employment attorney and get some one who knows how to deal with these issues.  You may have to get an expert as to the agremeent and your signature.  If you prove forgery discuss turning the accountant and the employer over to the DA as to criminal charges.  Good luck.


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