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Judge approves disability bias class action against SSA

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An EEOC administrative law judge in Philadelphia has agreed to allow a group of disabled workers to bring a class-action discrimination lawsuit against their employer, the Social Security Administration.

The suit alleges the SSA has created a glass ceiling for employees with certain targeted disabilities such as deafness, blindness, missing extremities, paralysis, convulsive disorders, mental retardation, mental illness and genetic and physical conditions affecting employees’ limbs and spines.

The class includes current and former employees who suffer from one or more targeted disabilities who were employed by the SSA on or after Aug. 23, 2003, and have been denied promotions.

Discrimination claims against the federal government as an employer do not go to federal court. Instead, EEOC administrative law judges hear the cases.

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