After two years and thousands of dollars in credit card debt, Falicia Block still has little of the unemployment aid promised to thousands when the pandemic shut down her hair stylist practice for nearly ten weeks beginning in March 2020.

STOUGHTON, Wis. — After two years and thousands of dollars in credit card debt, Falicia Block still has little of the unemployment aid promised to thousands when the pandemic shut down her hair stylist practice for nearly ten weeks beginning in March 2020.

The Stoughton stylist opened her own business just a few months before the pandemic hit, renting her chair from another hair salon in town. But specialized circumstances–in her case, providing part-time nail services to that salon in addition to her self-employment–massively complicated her application for benefits and, three appeals later, has still not been resolved.

Two years and thousands in debt later, Stoughton hair stylist still fighting for pandemic unemployment benefits

Block points to benefits still pending in her DWD account (WISC-TV Photo)

Investigative Reporter

Naomi Kowles is an investigative reporter for WISC-TV News 3 Now and Channel3000.com. If you have an investigative story you would like her to look into, she can be contacted at nkowles@wisctv.com.