Unemployment Insurance Alert

The Department of Employment Services is warning claimants about web sites that charge people fees to file unemployment claims. There is no charge to file for unemployment benefits in the District of Columbia.

Several web sites pop up each year offering to help unemployed workers collect unemployment benefits, many times for a fee. Not all sites are illegal, but many are confusing, inaccurate and unnecessary. Additionally, workers providing personal information such as dates of birth and social security numbers to these sites may be increasing their risk of identity theft.

The District encourages DC workers who have been laid off to file claims for benefits directly on our website. The DOES does not allow third party agents to file claims on behalf of laid off workers.