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Judge Sues Social Security For Discrimination

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here is a story that caught my attention. A Social Security Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in Portland, Maine has sued the agency.  Judge Katherine Morgan, age 71, claims that SSA has subjected her to unfounded criticism due to her age and sex. That is is interesting enough. But the devil, as they say, is in the details.  It appears that much of the criticism aimed at Judge Morgan pertains to her approving too many claimants.  I suppose that Morgan's lawyers could not sue directly over her approval rates for cases. So, they have couched their complaint in the more familiar settings of age and sex discrimination. But, it is hard not to wonder if this whole dispute really comes down to Judge Morgan approving too many claimants. The other bases for discipline against her are so petty as to be laughable. They include not documenting her attendance. This sounds like something a 4th Grader gets scolded over.  This is a lawsuit to watch closely. I think that what is really at stake here is judicial independence.  This smells a lot like the start of a campaign by SSA to pressure judges to approve fewer claimants. The threat here is direct and obvious. If the ALJ's are no longer free of undue influence by SSA, the system is fundamentally unfair.  I really look forward to hearing what discovery turns up in this case. Unless, of course, SSA quickly pays Judge Morgan to go away and remain silent.

Portland Press Herald Story on Morgan Case.

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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