State sued for delaying benefits during fraud inquiry

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorneys for two laid-off workers are suing Washington state for delays in paying benefits while it reins in rampant unemployment fraud. Northwest News Network reports that the nonprofit Unemployment Law Project, which helps people receive jobless benefits and appeal denied claims, filed the case directly with the state Supreme Court on Friday. It seeks an order forcing the Employment Security Department to resume the payments promptly, saying the state does not have the authority to halt payment of legitimate claims, even to stop fraudulent ones. The state has said it’s working as fast as it can to get the money out.