FILING FOR BENEFITS, Timeliness, Illiteracy, Interpreter
CITE AS: Alasri v MESC, No. 69891 (Mich App March 13, 1984).
Appeal pending: No
Claimant: Ali M. Alasri
Employer: Chrysler Corporation
Docket No: TRA81 10471 79796
COURT OF APPEALS HOLDING: The MESC is not required to provide an illiterate claimant with verbal instructions about the filing process or an interpreter where the Commission was not aware of the illiteracy problem.
FACTS: A claimant of Arabic background who did not read English well was late in filing for TRA training benefits. Notification of the training benefits program was mailed to the claimant.
DECISION: Denial of training benefits was affirmed.
RATIONALE: "Plaintiff has produced no evidence that the MESC was aware of his illiteracy at the time the notice was sent. We therefore concluded that the responsibility for translating the notice rested with plaintiff, who should have acted in some way to inform himself of its contents."