If exposed to COVID-19 and a medical professional certifies your inability to work because of the virus, file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI is a short-term benefit payment for those eligible, and range from $50 to $1,300 per week.
There’s a relief fund for food service workers who have lost work during the pandemic. One Fair Wage Campaign operates in California and applies to restaurant workers, delivery drivers, bartenders, and anyone who receives tips.
If unable to work because of caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, file for a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers experiencing a loss of wages to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child. Benefit amounts range from $50 to $1,300 per week.
It is challenging time for undocumented food service workers in California. Many face financial and social barriers during the COVID-19 outbreak, and will not apply for relief for fear of retribution or deportation. The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance notes that undocumented workers can qualify for emergency Medi-Cal coverage, including non-US citizens or nationals.