Can the unemploymentoffice sue my dad for collecting benefits while unemployed if he signs up for social security disability benefits?

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Can the unemploymentoffice sue my dad for collecting benefits while unemployed if he signs up for social security disability benefits?

My father injured his back a few years ago while working for a construction company. He then got a different job drawing architectural designs. He was laid off from his job 8 months ago, although they didn’t tell him personally. We think the reason is because he was having upcoming back surgery and they didn’t want to have to deal with him being gone and paying him. He got unemployment benefits but this has now ran out. He has been looking for a jo, but hasn’t found one. If he signs up for SSD, can unemployment come back and sue him for collecting while “disabled”?

Asked on August 21, 2011 Iowa

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your father probably can not be sued by his state's unemployment office under the circumstances. The fact of the matter is that a person can collect both unemployment benefits and Social Security disability at the same time. Therefore collecting SSD after unemployment benefits have expired should not present a problem. 

Here are links to 2 sites that will explain further:

www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10069.html.

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/sspus/unemploy.pdf


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