Zero Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment for this gig worker appears to be a myth for now

This is a picture taken by the author of the computer screen showing an unemployment claim that pays $0.00.
Photo by the D. Thayer Russell.

After two long two weeks of patiently waiting and biding my time, I was finally sent an e-mail confirming my eligibility for unemployment. As a rideshare driver, my earnings had been affected by the COVID-19 crisis for over a fortnight, but being a gig-worker I was not eligible to apply for benefits until the official passage of the federal stimulus…