BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The California Department for Employment Development filed thousands of jobless claims during the COVID pandemic. But with those claims came a backlog of late payments, fraud, and phone lines with waits that lasted all day or even longer.

17 News spoke to a woman who fell through the EDD bolt months ago. Now we’ve gone back to see how this woman is doing after getting help from a senator.

Some people have waited patiently for their unemployment check for months. They have spent days talking on the phone to a human rather than a robot about their EDD situations.

The cycle repeats itself over and over again.

But Amy Callagy got out of that cycle when Senator Shannon Grove’s office did what no one else could do. They got their months of money owed to them.

“You owed me about $ 7,000,” said Aimee Callagy. “For them to get you, it could be $ 100, it could be $ 10,000. They will help you get your money. “

Callagy owed EDD thousands.

She was an accountant and had to give up her job due to the pandemic due to her state of health. She says she was on the verge of not being able to pay her rent or the car. You risk both your home and your car.

Senator Shannon Grove’s office took Callagy under their wing, along with hundreds of other Kern residents who needed help with their EDD claims.

“We are processing about 400 applications and we are trying to process them before processing further applications,” said Senator Shannon Grove.

Callagy said she didn’t lose her home or car. She could even pay for her auto insurance a day before quitting.

“It felt like the world had been taken off my shoulders,” Callagy said. “I literally only had 38 cents left in my bank account. It’s such a relief. I’ve paid my bills and am now looking for work. “

If you are still waiting or struggling to get your unemployment benefits owed, it is recommended that you contact your state Senate office for help.

If you’re also having EDD issues, find your Bakersfield Senator’s contact details below.

Senator Shannon Grove District 16:
Website – https://grove.cssrc.us/
Bakersfield District Telephone – 661-323-0443

Sen. Melissa Hurtado District 14:
Website – https://sd14.senate.ca.gov/
Bakersfield District Telephone – 661-395-2620