Idaho workers sue Gov. Brad Little over end of extra COVID-era unemployment benefits

Idaho Gov. Brad Little was one of dozens of Republican governors who announced in May that he would reject the continuation of enhanced federal unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, he’s one of several Republican governors facing a lawsuit over that decision.

Idaho Legal Aid Services on Friday filed a suit on behalf of two unnamed workers against Little and the Idaho Department of Labor over the governor’s decision to end the additional benefits. Both plaintiffs have underlying health conditions and were laid off during the pandemic, according to the complaint.