|Published:||Dec 24, 2013 5:27 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 24, 2013 5:43 AM EST|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state of Florida is starting daily fines against the company that built the state's new unemployment claims website.
The Department of Economic Opportunity on Monday began fining Deloitte Consulting $15,000 a day. State officials say they will keep imposing the fines until the system is fully functioning.
The state switched over to the new $63 million system in October. Since then there have been continued complaints about unemployed Floridians frustrated at their ability to process claims.
State officials said last week they were withholding a $3 million payment to Deloitte.
Deloitte officials contend the vast majority of those seeking unemployment benefits are receiving them. A company spokesman said last week the remaining problems with the system can only be fixed by the state or are "otherwise beyond Deloitte's control."
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