Please note: if you previously sent supporting documents to us, you do not need to re-send those documents to us. We share your frustration with how long this is taking, and we share your anger with the Postal Service's continued efforts to delay justice in this case. The Judge partially granted our motion. At Thomas & Solomon LLP, we forcefully protect those rights. The claims, evidence, and legal briefs for all of our clients' relief claims have been submitted to the EEOC Administrative Judge. We encourage every Class Member claimant to fully participate in this stage of the case, so that you can maximize the relief available to you. With this fast, favorable decision by EEOC-OFO, the course is now set to have the claims review process commence in the very near future. The Declaration form contains information that the EEOC Judge has requested for each claimant. You can send a letter that states "I request a copy of my Claim Form from the Pittman class action," and provide your mailing address. The EEOC agreed with our position. Postal Service, EEOC Case No. Earlier this week, the EEOC Judge spoke with our legal team about the possibility, in theory, for broad settlement of the claims for relief in this case. Postal Service, EEOC Case No. These notices from the EEOC are being issued via email, and apparently will also be sent from the EEOC by regular mail. The Judge set forth what the opt out claimant would need to expressly state in writing: that claimant is aware that they are seeking a Final Agency Decision (FAD) on whether they are entitled to damages and to how much they are entitled, that the FAD may or may not be in their favor, and if so, claimant has the right to seek an appeal from OFO, said appeal may or may not be reviewed given that there is a McConnell Class Action Remedial Phase litigation. Before calling, please review the instructions carefully and be sure to check www.NRPclassaction.com, because the answer to your question may be answered there. The EEOC will review your submission and determine what categories of relief you are eligible for, and will also decide the dollar amount for your damages award (if any). It is important to state the name of the deceased class member, and the contact information for the estate (or surviving relative). Given the final decision from the EEOC regarding our appeal (see below), the Postal Service has begun sending out Notice of Vacated Final Agency Decisions and Contact Information Update Sheets. These forms are very short, and most clients will be able to complete these forms in five minutes or less. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our fax is 585-272-0574. To accommodate the requesting parties, the Administrative Judge extended the deadline to object until August 28, 2020. My Supervisor complained about my limitations. Following the EEOC Administrative Judges request, the parties each provided additional information to assist in the process to evaluate claimant relief. We will continue to provide updates on this website as notable developments occur. If you are providing information on a Continuation sheet, it is a good idea to include names and approximate dates (if you are able to). We hope to have some good progress on final awards during 2021, and we will continue to post updates on this website. For most people, it will take less than one hour to complete the Declaration. If you think you have witnesses who can provide a supporting statement, go ahead and ask them to do so. Our offices and the Postal Service also worked on adding additional claimant information to the spreadsheet. On February 27, 2019, the EEOC Administrative Judge issued a Case Management Order. Again, do the best you can with the information you know. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Trackmaster Thomas & Friends Train Tank Engine - Red Passenger Coach - Hit Toy at the best online prices at eBay! Posted in Federal Worker Compensation, General, Postal Workers. It is likely that the Postal Service will take into account your OWCP payments when calculating any backpay that is owed to you. Thank you for all of your patience. We are hopeful that these additional resources will assist the Administrative Judge in the evaluation of the more than 28,000 claims that were filed. We also noted that even their responses to the EEOC Administrative Judges questioning was further demonstration of their pattern of behavior: delay, deny, delay, deny. The Postal Service has sent forms to be completed by some claimants. The Administrative Judge made very clear that further delays would not be well-received, and that she expects to see the completed spreadsheet by no later than November 18, 2022. In other words, our clients should complete the forms and return them to us as soon as possible so we can help the Judge move forward in the claim review process. (A copy of the Declaration form is available by clicking this link). USPS actually tried this in 2013 in this case, and the untimely appeal was rejected. She set a deadline of March 31, 2020 to submit any and all supplemental documentation regarding claims. To see the Motion that was filed, CLICK HERE. Unfortunately, the Postal Service continues to dispute every single claim. If you receive a Final Agency Decision related to the McConnell/NRP class complaint, please provide our office with a copy as soon as possible. She said that not all claims will receive a hearing, but that the EEOC would choose certain claims to be heard by EEOC Administrative Judges. The Administrative Judge ordered USPS to provide certain missing NRP Activity File pages to the attorneys by May 28, 2019. . The final appeal decision in the case was issued on March 9, 2018, and is available at NRPclassaction.com. Thank you for all of your continued patience with this case, and we hope to have more progress to report to everyone soon. We believe that this action by the Postal Service is improper. We continue to take every action possible to help the Judge move this process forward. According to the notice from the EEOC, each claimant has been provided a unique log-in identifier, and each claimant is being asked to confirm their contact information within 30 days. Of course, please feel free to call our office again at 585-272-0540, and you may be able to get through. In our view, this order reflects the Judges determination to press forward as fast as possible despite all efforts by USPS to delay and disrupt the claim review process. To recap: in July 2020 the Judge issued an order setting up the use of Special Masters to speed up the claim review process, but USPS argued that the Judge lacked authority to use Special Masters and could not force USPS to pay for Special Masters; the Judges recent order, citing our legal briefing, brushed aside USPS objections. If you believe that you fall in these categories, you should return a completed, signed Declaration form to us no later than March 25, 2019. If you have already done so, thank you! Our submission may be viewed here. On March 8, 2021, we followed the EEOC Administrative Judges orders, and filed a list of five potential Special Masters who can assist with processing the claims in this case. As always, we greatly appreciate your support and patience throughout this process. If you did either of those two things, then there is no need to fill out another retainer agreement. You are also allowed to use your own paper. You may email our office at email@example.com or call us at 585-272-0540. While the Agency once again attempted to further delay the matter by claiming that some of the data such as disability status was not something they had access to in the requested format, our offices were quick to point out systems in which such information could be accessed by the Postal Service. If you receive nothing as a result of your claim, you would owe us nothing. In the claim submission to the EEOC Judge, we will also provide a legal brief containing argument in favor of all the relief possible for you. We have recently received a final decision from the EEOC regarding our appeal. A copy of the USPS Response brief and the USPS proposed Case Management Order is available by clicking here. If you have not yet received a call back, you may try to call us again, and you may be able to get through. 8. Yes, but before you call us please review the cover letter and all instructions in the mailing and on this website. You can see the order by clicking here. This has been a long and hard-fought battle against the Postal Service, but the end is in sight. As of July 15, 2019, we have filed a legal brief (Statement) and evidence on behalf of all Claimants who are represented by our law firms. We are asking that everyone return the paperwork that we have mailed to you so that it arrives in our office by no later than March 25, 2019. We greatly appreciate the Judges efforts. However, in the event the case settles at some point in the future, we would seek to have the Postal Service pay all of the fees in this case so that the class members do not have to pay those fees from their individual recoveries. If you would like to retain our firms at this time to represent you in your individual claim, please let us know immediately, and we will send you a retainer letter that must be signed by you and returned to our office. To learn more about the case, please visit NRPclassaction.com. While each of these attempts to delay the action have been rejected, the Administrative Judge has not yet selected a Special Master. As explained by the Judge in the recent order: [T]he U.S. There is no way currently for us to get you back in your position until the EEOC Administrative Judge issues an order. If you have any updated contact information and have not yet provided it to our office, please call us at 585-272-0540 or email us at NRPClassAction@theemploymentattorneys.com. While Covid-19 continues to keep our office building closed, please know that we are still actively working on this case from our homes. Postal Service by employees with disabilities. Of note, Judge Roberts-Draper continued to express a strong desire to expedite the claims process in order to provide appropriate relief to claimants. During the call, we voiced the frustration of our clients as to the continuous delay tactics used by the Agency that has made this process nearly fifteen years long and not yet complete. In other words, please do not contact the EEOC or the Postal Service about your claim without checking with us first. First, the Administrative Judge noted the concerns that we submitted regarding the EEOCs mailing and website. Many class members who submitted claims for individual relief have received response letters from the Postal Service. Continued patience is therefore required.