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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 28: Signs are posted at the State of Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) as the coronavirus continues to spread on April 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 350,000 Nevada residents have filed for unemployment benefits since the start of the pandemic, making it the highest number in the history of the state. Nevada's USD 68 billion tourism industry, which usually supports about 450,000 jobs, has been hit especially hard by the spread of COVID-19. It is estimated that the jobless rate is currently at 25 percent and increasing. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Nevada is the only state in the country where gig workers, independent contractors, and self-employed workers haven’t been able to file for unemployment benefits. The federal government passed the CARES Act which provided that those workers would be able to receive benefits but DETR, the Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation, has not yet been able to implement any way for gig workers to apply for benefits and it’s been weeks. Two Reno based gig workers have filed a class action lawsuit against DETR. The lawyer for the two plaintiffs, Mark Thierman, says they are only asking DETR to do its’ job and allow gig workers access to the process. DETR has been overwhelmed with unemployment claims but according to new director Heather Korbulic, gig workers should be able to file for benefits within the next 10 days and their claims will be backdated so they can receive benefits back to when the shutdown began on March 15. Thierman said gig workers who are interested in joining the lawsuit should contact him by going to his website, https://thiermanbuck.com/.

Born in New York City but also consider myself a native of Detroit. Attended college at Michigan State University. Started radio career in Detroit in 1980. Moved to Vegas in 1989. Worked 14 years at KCEP 88.1 before getting hired at Beasley with 105.7 in 2014.