We have asked the EEOC Judge to force the Postal Service to provide the NRP Files created by USPS management directly to the EEOC Judge and to each claimant, so that the EEOC Judge will have this highly-relevant information while assessing individual claims for relief. As previously reported on June 27, 2018 (see below), the Postal Service prematurely issued thousands of Final Agency Decisions in this case, thereby undermining the ability of class members to provide a full presentation in support of their claims for individual relief.  We appealed this improper action by the Postal Service.  We have recently received a final decision from the EEOC regarding our appeal.  The EEOC agreed with our position.  As a result, all individual claims will be sent back to the Administrative Judge for appropriate processing, in accordance with EEOC Management Directive 110, Chapter 8, Section XII.C.  This is a good development, but a lengthy fight remains in order to obtain a just and fair result.  There is no action needed at this time on your individual claim. Our offices will be in touch with you when you need to take additional steps. 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). Our attorneys continue to work on this case, and we are in regular contact with the Judge. The EEOC may award you up to a maximum of $300,000 for proven harm caused by the NRP, including damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress. If you retain us and you turn down some relief that is offered as part of your claim, you would pay no contingency fee related to that rejected relief. Here are answers to some questions that have been presented by a number of the class members: What if I move or change my contact information? If we do get a recovery for you, from the final award that you receive in this case, we would be entitled to 30% of the gross, pre-tax total. There has been no confirmation yet from the EEOC judge on whether Special Masters will be used to review a number of the claims. We will represent you before an EEOC administrative judge. A copy of Class Counsel's motion is available by clicking here. Along with your completed Declaration form, you can also provide us with: a Continuation Sheet to provide additional information; Witness Statements from those close to you who witnessed the impact of the NRP on your life and health; and other records that you would like considered along with your claim. Thank you for your prompt attention to this important task! Because the enormous volume of individual claims is unprecedented at the EEOC, no one is completely certain about the precise path that the litigation will take. 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. If you have not previously retained our firms but you wish to do so at this time, please call 585-272-0540 in order to request a retainer agreement for you to sign. Thank you. Before sending your completed forms to the Postal Service, please contact us, make a copy for your records, and then send our office a copy. You can see the entire decision by clicking here. The EEOC decision is not final as of the posting of this information. The Judge has repeatedly emphasized her strong desire to identify a path for prompt, fair resolution of valid claims for relief. If you retain us, your total contingency fee payment will be 30%. As soon as the Judge issues a written ruling on our motion for extension of time, we will post updated information on this website. Of note, we may request feedback or clarification from some Claimants in the next few weeks. We need you to return the completed, signed Declaration form to us no later than March 25, 2019, in order for us to prepare and submit your complete claim package (including legal argument) to the EEOC Judge in a timely fashion. A motion that was filed regarding claimants who had partially-accepted claims was discussed, and the judge set a schedule for the parties to submit written responses regarding the motion. 2. The Declaration form contains information that the EEOC Judge has requested for each claimant. You should include in a Continuation sheet a description of why you concluded or felt that you had to retire or separate at that time.If applicable to you, here are some possible short statements that can help explain what happened: If the EEOC confirms its decision and a final order is issued that permits Class Members to seek individual monetary and non-monetary relief, a written notice will be sent out to all Class Members. LONDON — (AP) — Chelsea hired Thomas Tuchel as manager on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the fired Frank Lampard. The Judge reiterated that Special Masters will be used to speed up the claim review process, and the Judge rejected all USPS objections to the use of Special Masters. A copy of the Case Management Order is available by clicking here. Please note that the Judge did not order USPS to provide a copy of the NRP Activity File documents directly to any claimants in the case. Our suggested claim form is easy to complete. Class Counsel has asked the EEOC Administrative Judge to reconsider, or at least delay the effect of, the recently-issued Case Management Order until after the scheduled March 20, 2019 status conference. The Administrative Judge ordered USPS to provide certain missing NRP Activity File pages to the attorneys by May 28, 2019. If you think you have witnesses who can provide a supporting statement, go ahead and ask them to do so. If you have questions about the NRP class action claims process, please review this FAQ section. We are responding to each call and email in the order received. Similarly, the Administrative Judge has indicated that she is working remotely on this case (and others). Please provide our office a copy of any letters that you receive from the Postal Service as soon as possible. Previously, we urged all of our clients to complete and return Declaration forms to us no later than March 25, 2019. In addition, you can use the “continuation sheet” of the Declaration to add information regarding any medical diagnosis you may have received as a result of the NRP (such as “depression” or “anxiety”), and medication prescribed as a result of the NRP. Each employee sued, alleging sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it “unlawful . It is important to state the name of the deceased class member, and the contact information for the estate (or surviving relative). You can access the Declaration (with instructions) by clicking here. Appeal pending. Please send our office a copy of any letters that you receive from the Postal Service as soon as possible. A contingency fee is only paid if we obtain a recovery for you. In the past few weeks, we received a very large number of calls and emails related to this case. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue on in this legal process. A lengthy status conference was held with the Administrative Judge on May 13, 2019. That means that your claim will have to be processed and reviewed by the EEOC Administrative Judge before the Postal Service will be required to issue a Final Decision. ■ My Supervisor complained about my limitations. To the best of our knowledge at this time, the Postal Service has disputed every class member claim (in whole or in part). We will continue to update this website with the current status of the case and encourage you to check back. A status conference with the EEOC Administrative Judge is scheduled for March 20, 2019. See below for more information. In the past few weeks, we received a very large number of calls and emails related to this case. NRP Class Action is being handled by Thomas & Solomon LLP. As before, the EEOC Judge indicated a strong desire to move the claims process forward as quickly as possible. We will take all steps necessary to provide the Judge with timely submissions for all our clients. The Agency has necessitated the referral to Special Masters because it has disputed every single claim for damages and argues that the Commission has to hear and decide all 29,000 disputed claims, knowing that the Commission has limited resources to do so and such a task would be near impossible to complete, effectively creating an insurmountable impasse.”. However, there is no indication at this time that the Agency is prepared to make any settlement offer to any individual claimant. 5. We will promptly update this website as soon as we have news to report. Again, if you have not yet provided us with a Disability Form (“Supplemental Declaration Regarding Disability”), you must provide that form to us right away so that it can be filed with the Judge by March 31. Please note that this does not directly relate to your claim in the NRP Class Action. Over the past few months, the parties have completed the ongoing discovery process in this matter, in which both sides exchange relevant information to move the case forward. The Administrative Judge has not yet announced the process or timeline for reviewing claims. Due to these changes, please be aware that there may be delays in our offices responding to any inquiries. We have filed an extension request with the Judge. The bottom line is this: there is no indication at this time that the Agency is prepared to make any settlement offer to any individual claimant. The EEOC has conclusively determined in a Final Decision that the Postal Service discriminated against the class as a whole. (A copy of the Declaration form is available by clicking this link). The bottom line remains as before: there is no indication at this time that the Agency is prepared to make any settlement offer to any claimants. The Judge indicated during our status conference last week that an order regarding our filing deadline would be forthcoming soon. Our goal is to help you submit appropriate information in order to obtain all relief that is possible for your situation. The EEOC Judge now has submissions from both sides regarding relief for all Claimants. (Even in that small subset of claims, the Postal Service has not yet paid a single dollar to any claimant, to the best of our knowledge.) Please continue to monitor this website for updates. We organized and submitted all available documentation in accordance with the Case Management Order. A copy of the Case Management Order is available by clicking here. We recommend emailing FADs to us at NRPclassaction@theemploymentattorneys.com or faxing us at (585) 272-0574. At the present time, though, because there is no settlement, we are prepared to represent you on an individual basis to make your claim for recovery with a fee agreement on that basis. If you have not previously retained our firms to represent you with your individual claim for relief, we are not now in a position to take on your case. Please continue to monitor this website over the upcoming weeks for additional important information. Following a status conference on March 20, 2019, the EEOC Administrative Judge issued an order. We will promptly pursue this issue through the appropriate process. We notified the Judge about this, and argued that this is yet another reason to move this process toward a quick resolution. The Order sets out that Class Members who did not retain Class Counsel are not represented by our law firms. Click here to see the latest news on the case. Like the Judge, our ongoing pledge to you is to continue pushing the claims process forward as far as possible and as fast as possible. In addition, it is possible that the Special Masters’ valuation of 2,200+ claims will help the parties evaluate possible settlement of claims. ■ My work hours were cut down so much, and my pay was reduced so badly, I had no option but to retire. It depends. As before, our plan is to submit the NRP Activity File documents, along with all the other evidence related to your claims, plus a legal brief, by the July 15, 2019 deadline set by the Administrative Judge. We continue to respond to each call and email in the order received. Recently, USPS asked the Judge to create a new, slower process for handling these “partially accepted” claims. On the one hand, the EEOC Judge is clearly interested in prompt forward action for this case, but on the other hand the EEOC has never handled a case with this many individual claims. We understand that some class members who submitted claims for individual relief have received response letters again from the Postal Service. Citing to our legal briefing, the Judge clarified that USPS must pay all charges for the Special Masters. We will provide an update after the status conference. The Judge has repeatedly emphasized her strong desire to identify a path for prompt, fair resolution of valid claims for relief. The Judge emphasized the very large volume of documentation submitted to her, and also indicated that limited time and assistance was available to her. In this way, today’s Order marks a significant advance toward individual relief awards for each claimant. In the past few days, we have received a very large number of calls and emails related to this case. The Order sets out that Class Members who did not retain Class Counsel are not represented by our law firms. Nevertheless, today’s Order reflects the Judge’s strong desire to move the process forward decisively. On the other hand, the Judge emphasized that the very large number of claimants in this case is unprecedented, and the Judge observed that she has a limited amount of time and resources to devote to this case. Here are 10 things for every claimant to know RIGHT NOW: 1. Many class members who submitted claims for individual relief have received response letters from the Postal Service. Unfortunately, we are not tax attorneys, so we suggest you contact your financial advisor. We are pressing forward and will not be deterred, despite this latest delay tactic by USPS. This proposal is consistent with many other successful class actions. A status conference with the EEOC Administrative Judge is scheduled for March 20, 2019. You can review the class certification notice here. In the near future, we will address frequently asked questions regarding the form and evidence on this website. In this case, the EEOC will appoint five Special Masters who will each have broad discretion to recommend damages and relief for the claims presented to them. One important issue was decided during the status conference. For our clients, please provide your updated contact information to us. In addition to issuing this order regarding NRP Activity Files, the EEOC Judge also explained that she is in the process of organizing all of the documents and information submitted by all claimants in this case. 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 Judge’s recent order, citing our legal briefing, brushed aside USPS objections. At the status conference, USPS called more plays from this old playbook. The Postal Service has sent forms to be completed by some claimants. On February 27, 2019, the EEOC Administrative Judge issued a Case Management Order. USPS data reveals households fled SF during pandemic, but didn’t go far. As always, we greatly appreciate your support and patience throughout this process. The claims process is still moving forward. Accordingly, we are pressing forward on all fronts, and our goal remains as before: we seek full recovery for all our clients. We will provide an update after the status conference. We are continuing the process of organizing this information as fast as possible. Please continue to check this website for updates, and thanks as always for your support and patience throughout this lengthy legal process. In the meantime, we continue to collect and organize a very large amount of claim information for timely submission to the Judge. The EEOC previously approved us as Class Counsel in this case, and we will continue to advocate on behalf of the class as a whole. The Judge reiterated that Special Masters will be used to speed up the claim review process, and the Judge rejected all USPS objections to the use of Special Masters. 4. We will fight the USPS attempt to break apart the certified class and extinguish claims for relief one by one. A copy of the USPS Response brief and the USPS proposed Case Management Order is available by clicking here. It has come to our attention that a number of people who were Class Members in the Pittman v. USPS class action have been receiving letters from USPS about that settlement process. If your questions are not answered here, please call us: (585) 272-0540 or toll free at (877) 272-4066. We recommend emailing such letters to us at NRPclassaction@theemploymentattorneys.com or faxing us at (585) 272-0574. Although the Covid-19 situation has caused the EEOC New York office to close, the Judge has assured us that her work on the case continues. We expect that the Administrative Judge will issue an order regarding these issues some time after the March 20, 2019 status conference. As previously reported, we have filed an extension request with the Judge. are not a guarantee of whether any recovery may be obtained in this case, or how much will be awarded. Federal courts commonly use Special Masters to assist with adjudication of complex class actions. Please Contact Us if you have any questions, comments or if you need information. Our proposed “Case Management Order” calls for immediate processing of 50 initial claims, including opportunities for limited discovery. It has come to our attention that a number of people who were Class Members in the Pittman v. USPS class action have been receiving letters from USPS about that settlement process. (10/10/10) Race Discrimination - Prima Facie Case: Employee, among other claims, alleged that the Postal Service discriminated against her on the bases of race and disability when her requests for a schedule change were denied and her leave request was denied. Please note that our firms (Thomas & Solomon, and Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris) have stopped taking on new clients in this matter. We will file your Declaration (along with additional information and legal argument) to the EEOC Judge. We continue to respond to each call and email in the order received. Otherwise, the Postal Service and other employers will continue to discriminate against workers with disabilities. There has been no confirmation yet from the EEOC judge on whether Special Masters will be used to review a number of the claims. There is no way currently for us to get you back in your position until the EEOC Administrative Judge issues an order. Our offices will be in touch with you when you need to take additional steps. Though it may appear that there are periods of time where nothing is happening, our legal team continues to work diligently and is always available to answer any questions you may have about the case. The judge directed that the USPS set up a website to post updates and orders in this case, and USPS announced that the website was now set up at www.uspsclassactionclaims.com. We hope the EEOC will act quickly to restore order to this process. The Judge has indicated a desire to resolve this issue promptly, if possible. We deeply appreciate your extraordinary patience as this lengthy process moves forward. Of course, please feel free to call our office again at 585-272-0540, and you may be able to get through. If you have already hired our firms to represent you, we will be filing a legal brief in support of your claim. 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