Current and former employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) will receive $6.6 million to settle charges the agency failed to accommodate disabled workers and denied them promotions. A federal judge in Baltimore has given preliminary approval to the deal.
SSA employees first filed complaints with the EEOC in 2005. They alleged a pattern of discrimination throughout the SSA. EEOC investigators found that some disabled employees were denied promotions as many as 15 times.
The deal will compensate 570 current and former employees affected by the SSA’s actions. Additionally, SSA will create a supervisory board responsible for ensuring the settlement is carried out fully. The SSA will also overhaul its reasonable accommodation process and create a centralized office to handle disability issues.