Jantz, et al. v. Barnhart

People with Disabilities Win Nationwide Class Action Certification in Employment Discrimination Case

Disabled employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) challenge SSA’s discriminatory practice of limited job promotions and other career advancement opportunities for people with disabilities.

On August 25, 2010, the EEOC Office of Federal Operations affirmed the October 8, 2008 decision of the Administrative Judge to certify the case as a class action.  SSA filed a motion to decertify the class in 2011, which was denied by the Administrative Judge on March 10, 2014.  This is a victory for the approximately 2,000 class members, whose case will be able to proceed as a class action. 

The class is represented by a consortium of law firms including DRA, Berger & Montague, P.C., Brown Goldstein & Levy LLP, and Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP.

On October 30, 2014, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) preliminarily approved a class-wide settlement on behalf a class of over 570 current and former SSA employees with disabilities.  The Settlement Agreement provides for sweeping improvements to SSA’s policies and processes impacting the careers of employees with disabilities, including substantial monetary relief in the amount of $9.98 million and significant programmatic changes at SSA that are approximately valued at an additional $20 million.

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