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tab-interval: .5in" vLink=purple bgColor=#c6c68c> <DIV class=Section1> <TABLE class=MsoTableGrid style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; mso-yfti-tbllook: 480; mso-padding-alt: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR style="HEIGHT: 15.75pt; mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes"> <TD style="PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #c6c68c; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; WIDTH: 74.65pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; HEIGHT: 15.75pt" vAlign=top width=100><A name=_top></A> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 2.25pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #c6c68c; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 2.25pt solid; HEIGHT: 15.75pt" vAlign=top> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 2.25pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 2.25pt solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: white; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 2.25pt solid; HEIGHT: 15.75pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt"> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/contact.htm">Contact Class Counsel</A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P></TD> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #c6c68c; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; WIDTH: 77.25pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; HEIGHT: 15.75pt; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt" vAlign=top width=103> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD></TR> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 1"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 2.25pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #c6c68c; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; WIDTH: 74.65pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none" vAlign=top width=100> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 2.25pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: white; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 2.25pt solid; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt" vAlign=top colSpan=2> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><BR></SPAN></I></B><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Rounded MT Bold'">Taylor</st1:City></st1:city></st1:city></st1:city></SPAN></I></st1:place></st1:city><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Rounded MT Bold'">, et al. v. Astrue, Commissioner, <BR>Social Security Administration, <o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Rounded MT Bold'">EEOC Nos. 120-2003-0304X, 120-2003-0305X; <BR>Agency Nos. 03-0224-SSA, 03-0208-SSA</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Rounded MT Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: right" align=right><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></P></TD> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #c6c68c; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; WIDTH: 77.25pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt" vAlign=top width=103> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD></TR> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 2"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 2.25pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: #c6c68c; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; WIDTH: 74.65pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none" vAlign=top width=100> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 1.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; BACKGROUND: white; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 2.25pt solid; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt; mso-border-top-alt: solid windowtext 2.25pt" vAlign=top> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 9.95pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <DIV style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 1.5pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1.5pt solid; PADDING-LEFT: 4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 10.1pt; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 1.5pt solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 7.9pt; PADDING-TOP: 1pt; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1.5pt solid; mso-element: para-border-div"> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; mso-padding-alt: 1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext 1.5pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 76.35pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; TEXT-INDENT: -76.35pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; mso-padding-alt: 1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt; tab-stops: 86.45pt; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext 1.5pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><BLINK>UPDATE:</BLINK></SPAN></I><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"> <SPAN class="style17" style="COLOR: #FF0000"> Administrative Judge Modu</SPAN><span class="style13"><o:p> issued an &quot;<a href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/pdf/InterimDecision.pdf" target="_blank">Interim Decision on Liability</a>&quot; on April 4, 2011. The decision is summarized below. To read the entire decision, please click on the link at right. </o:p></span><span class="style11"><o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p></span><span class="style18"><o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p></span><span class="style16"><o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p></span><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 14; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">&nbsp;</P> <p align="left" class="style19"> <span class="style22"><span class="style23"> <div align="left" class="style28"><em>SUMMARY OF</em> INTERIM DECISION ON LIABILTY: </div> <p> <span class="style23">The Administrative Judge found classwide discrimination against the Class in promotions into Grade 12; she denied all other claims for promotions to other grade levels. The judge concluded: "The Class has prevailed in the showing of class-wide discrimination against nonsupervisory African-American female employees who were denied promotions into the GS-12 level, from December 9, 2000 to the present . . . . The Class did not prove that African-American females were discriminated against when they were not promoted, from December 9, 2000 to the present, into any other grade level position."</span></p> <p class="style23"> In other words, the judge ruled against the Class on all promotion claims except as to those Class Members who were denied promotions to GS-12 positions. For these Class Members, there will be additional proceedings before the Administrative Judge. </p> <p class="style23"> As Class Counsel, and speaking also for the Class Agents, Paulette Taylor and Debra Harley, we are greatly dismayed that the judge denied the Class' claims other than for promotions into Grade 12. We believe that the judge made many errors of fact and law in her decision. Her ruling improperly excluded and rejected important evidence, including significant aspects of a Class' expert's statistical analyses, while improperly crediting the Agency's statistical analysis. The judge also ignored many aspects of the proofs that were admitted, failed to evaluate properly the credibility of witnesses (including, but not limited to, the Class Agents), and erroneously described what happened in the case procedurally. </p> <p class="style23"> The bottom line is that we believe there are many bases for appeal of the Judge's ruling, and we definitely intend to appeal to the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations. That appeal will occur after the Administrative Judge issues a final decision in the case. </p> <p class="style23"> A final decision will be rendered after the judge decides what to do about a remedy stage for the Class' Grade 12 promotions claims. We cannot state when that will be, but the Judge has asked each side to submit proposals for the remedy stage, <em>i.e.</em>, how to effectuate a remedy or grant relief, for Class Members with GS-12 promotion claims. These papers are due to be submitted on April 25, 2011, though it is possible that date may change. We cannot predict how long the judge will take to make a decision on the remedy issue. We will post those papers on this website, and we will post the Administrative Judge's decision on the remedy phase when that ruling is issued. </p> <p class="style23"> In any event, we are already beginning work on an appeal of the judge's ruling regarding all the other promotions claims. </p> <p class="style23"> The Administrative Judge did not address any cases of individual class members that were subsumed into the Class case. Presumably, this means that those cases can now be heard individually, although that probably would not happen until after an appeal is decided. </p> <p> <span class="style23">Class Counsel and the Class Agents will be meeting with Class Members on</span><span class="style21"> Tuesday, April 26, 2011</span><span class="style23">, at the</span><span class="style21"> Woodlawn Library Meeting Room</span><span class="style23">, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207to discuss the details of the Administrative Judge's "Interim Ruling On Liability", the grounds and procedure for an appeal, and the parties' positions on Grade 12 promotion claims remedies. There will be two meetings: the first will be from</span><span class="style21"> 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.</span><span class="style23">, and the second will be from</span><span class="style21"> 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</span><span class="style23"> We will answer your questions at that time. If you are not able to attend the meetings and have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Class Agents or Class Counsel. </span></p> <p>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</p> <P class="style24" style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Britannic Bold&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">On December 10, 2008, the Administrative Judge made a decision to exclude from the Class all persons who have been employed as a supervisor or manager since December 9, 2000, because of a potential conflict of interest in that supervisors and managers may have been involved in some promotion decisions. African-American women who have been supervisors or managers, therefore, have been removed from the Class, and they have been sent a letter from the Agency notifying them of this change. The list of persons whom the Agency has notified as being affected by this change is attached here.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style24" style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Britannic Bold&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">The notable exception to the ruling is Class Agent Paulette Taylor. Ms. Taylor was recently promoted to a management position, but the Administrative Judge ruled that this would not have exposed Ms. Taylor to other promotion decisions and that her status as Class Agent is unchanged.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style24" style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Britannic Bold&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">What the Judge's action means is that African-American women who have held supervisory or managerial positions at any time since December 9, 2000, are no longer Class Members, and their promotion claims will not be heard or decided in this case. However, any such claims are, for now, preserved and can be heard in other proceedings.<o:p></o:p></P></SPAN> <P style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><SPAN class="style17" style="COLOR: #000033"><I>But please note</I>: Class Counsel does not represent such persons anymore, <U>and time periods for pursuing such claims has begun running again</U>. Therefore, if you are or were a supervisor or manager, <U>you should take steps to make sure that you file a charge (if you haven't done so previously) or that your pending charge (if you have filed one) is processed in a timely fashion in accordance with EEOC regulations</U>. <span class="style25">See </span></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: #FF0000"> <span class="style8"><A href="http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/1614-final.html" target="_blank">29 C.F.R. 1614</A></span></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: red"> <span class="style24">You also should consider obtaining <U>other legal counsel</U> to represent you.</span></SPAN><span class="style24"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></span> <P class="style24" style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">The Administrative Judge also ruled that African-American females in GS-7 through GS-13 who are working or have worked in the Office of Disability and Adjudication (ODAR) anywhere in the State of Maryland are Class Members even if they <I>report to</I> ODAR in Falls Church, VA. If you actually work or have worked at ODAR only in Virginia, and not in Maryland, however, you are not a Class Member.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style24" style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">Finally, the Administrative Judge ruled that, where a job posting was open to reassignment candidates only, a promotion claim could not be based on it. However, she denied a motion by the Agency to exclude claims where the successful candidate was installed in the job via a reassignment if the job would have been a promotion to a Class Member who applied.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style24" style="FONT-SIZE: 16pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">Claims of discriminatory denial of promotion <I>to</I> supervisory or management positions are unaffected.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; mso-padding-alt: 1.0pt 4.0pt 1.0pt 4.0pt; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext 1.5pt"><span style="color: #000033"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></span><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P></DIV> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 9.95pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><BR>If you are an <U>African-American female</U> who is working, or has worked, in a <U>GS 7-13</U> position at the United States Social Security Administration national headquarters in Baltimore, MD, at any time since December 9, 2000, and were denied any PROMOTION since that date, there is a CLASS ACTION CASE, </SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">pending in the EEOC in its Baltimore Field Office,</SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"> which may affect your legal rights.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 9.95pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">The <A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/pdf/order_2_18.pdf" target="_blank">Class has been certified</A></U> by a <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> Administrative Judge, and the certification was <A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/pdf/decision_5_5.pdf" target="_blank">affirmed</A> by the Office of Federal Operations of the <st1:country-region w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> Equal Employment <st1:place w:st="on">Opportunity</st1:place> Commission (EEOC). <A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/pdf/notice.pdf" target="_blank">Notice</A> will be sent to the Class by June 20, 2007. </SPAN></B><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 9.95pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">The certified class includes any </SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga">African-American female</SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"> at the indicated grade levels who, at any time since December 9, 2000, was <U>denied any promotion</U> at SSA's headquarters, <U>even if, during that time, she also received one or more other promotions.</U> <BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"> <![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]><BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"><![endif]></SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Tunga"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <DIV align=center> <TABLE class=MsoTableGrid style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; mso-yfti-tbllook: 480; mso-padding-alt: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-insideh: .5pt solid windowtext; mso-border-insidev: .5pt solid windowtext" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=1> <TBODY> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes"> <TD width="465" vAlign=top style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 1pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 1pt solid; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid"> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 0.05in; TEXT-ALIGN: center; tab-stops: 6.5in" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'">CLASS DEFINITION:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 0.05in 5pt 17.1pt; tab-stops: 6.5in"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'">All <SPAN style="FONT-VARIANT: small-caps">African-American females</SPAN> who were employed <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">at the Agency's headquarters in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Baltimore</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Maryland</st1:State></st1:place></I><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <ul> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'">including</SPAN></I></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'"> employees working in the Security West and Metro West facilities, but <o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></li><br> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'">excluding</SPAN></I><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'"> those in the Office of General Counsel and the Office of the Inspector General, <o:p></o:p>in the General Schedule Grades Seven through Thirteen (GS-7 through GS-13), after December 9, 2000, who have not been promoted.</SPAN><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></li> </ul> </TD> <TD width="342" vAlign=top style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; mso-border-left-alt: solid windowtext 1.0pt"> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: right" align=right><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><BR>This website contains valuable information for Class Members and other interested persons about:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: right" align=right><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="#cac"><SPAN style="COLOR: red">The Class Action Case</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 43.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; TEXT-ALIGN: right; tab-stops: list 43.5pt; mso-list: l7 level1 lfo4" align=right><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><![endif]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="#sotc"><SPAN style="COLOR: red">Scope Of The Class Claims</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 43.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; TEXT-ALIGN: right; tab-stops: list 43.5pt; mso-list: l7 level1 lfo4" align=right><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"></SPAN></SPAN><![endif]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="#tca"><SPAN style="COLOR: red">The Class Agents</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 43.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; TEXT-ALIGN: right; tab-stops: list 43.5pt; mso-list: l7 level1 lfo4" align=right><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><![endif]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="#tcl"><SPAN style="COLOR: red">The Class Lawyers</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 43.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; TEXT-ALIGN: right; tab-stops: list 43.5pt; mso-list: l7 level1 lfo4" align=right><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="#ls"><SPAN style="COLOR: red">Litigation Schedule</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 43.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; TEXT-ALIGN: right; tab-stops: list 43.5pt; mso-list: l7 level1 lfo4" align=right><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><![endif]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="#hycp"><SPAN style="COLOR: red">How You Can Participate</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 13.1pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></TD> </TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 13.1pt 5pt 3.85pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P> <DIV style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 3.85pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; MARGIN-RIGHT: 13.1pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-element: para-border-div"> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext 1.0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></DIV> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 25.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: 6.95pt"><A name=cac><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">The Class Action Case</SPAN></A><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoFootnoteText><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">On <st1:date style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(res://ietag.dll/#34/#1001); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x" tabIndex=0 w:st="on" ls="trans" Month="5" Day="5" Year="2006">May 5, 2006</st1:date>, the EEOC certified a <A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/pdf/classcomplaint.pdf" target="_blank">class action complaint</A> filed by the class representatives Paulette Taylor and Debra Harley and ordered the Social Security Administration (SSA or Agency ) to process the complaint accordingly. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-pagination: widow-orphan lines-together"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">The name and location of the organization against which the Class Complaint was filed is the Social Security Administration Headquarters, <st1:address style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(res://ietag.dll/#34/#1001); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x" tabIndex=0 w:st="on"><st1:Street w:st="on">6401 Security Boulevard</st1:Street>, <st1:City w:st="on">Baltimore</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">MD</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">21235</st1:PostalCode></st1:address>. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">The case is pending before <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Administrative Judge Enechi A. Modu</B>, at the Baltimore Field Office of the EEOC, <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(res://ietag.dll/#34/#1001); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x" tabIndex=0 w:st="on">10 South Howard Street</st1:address></st1:Street>, 3rd Floor, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Baltimore</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">MD</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">21201</st1:PostalCode></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">The central issue in the trial of this case was whether the SSA discriminated against the certified Class of African-African women in grades GS 7 to 13 in regard to denials of promotions. This type of hearing is typically called a &quot;liability&quot; trial. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <TABLE class=MsoTableGrid style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; mso-yfti-tbllook: 480; mso-padding-alt: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt; mso-border-insideh: .5pt solid windowtext; mso-border-insidev: .5pt solid windowtext" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=1> <TBODY> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: windowtext 1pt solid; PADDING-RIGHT: 5.4pt; BORDER-TOP: windowtext 1pt solid; PADDING-LEFT: 5.4pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: windowtext 1pt solid; WIDTH: 324.55pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt" vAlign=top width=433> <P style="MARGIN-LEFT: 18.95pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Trebuchet MS'"><BR>You are <SPAN style="TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase">not</SPAN> a Class Member in this case if:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P> <ul> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"></SPAN></SPAN> <![endif]> <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">You are not an African-American female; or<o:p></o:p></SPAN></li><br> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">You worked at SSA's National Headquarters <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">only </I></B>in the Office of the General Counsel <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">and/or</B> the Office of the Inspector General since December 9, 2000; or <o:p></o:p></SPAN></li><br> <li><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">You have <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">not</B> worked in a job in General Schedule Grades 7 through 13 at SSA's headquarters (or for ODAR in the State of Maryland) at any time since December 9, 2000.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></li><br> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'">You have worked in a supervisory or managerial position at SSA's headquarters at any time since December 9, 2000.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></li> </ul> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></TD> </TR></TBODY></TABLE> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><A href="#_top">(back to top)</A></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 13.1pt 5pt 3.85pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P> <DIV style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 3.85pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; MARGIN-RIGHT: 13.1pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-element: para-border-div"> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext 1.0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 12pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: EN-US"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 0in; TEXT-INDENT: 32.45pt"><A name=sotc><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">Scope Of The Class Claims</SPAN></A><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan lines-together"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">What Types of Claims Are Included In This Case? <o:p></o:p></I></B></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 5pt 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">This case covers all claims that the SSA denied <U>promotions</U> on the basis of race and gender to African-American women who have held only non-supervisory jobs in GS 7 through 13 grade levels. We have limited the claims to <u>competitive promotions (permanent or temporary) for which the Class Member made the BQL list</u>. Therefore, <U>career ladder promotions are not covered</U> by the case. Also, <U>if you applied, but did not make the BQL, that claim is not covered</U> by the case. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 5pt 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">The EEOC's decision in this case, or any other resolution of the case, will be binding on all Class Members with regard to these promotion claims</SPAN>. <o:p></o:p></P><br/> <P class=MsoNormal style17><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: EN-US"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 5pt 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">What Types of Claims Are Excluded From This Case?</I></B><o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 5pt 0in">The following claims are excluded from this proceeding: <o:p></o:p></P> <ul> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN>Any promotion claim alleging discrimination on any basis which was <U>previously adjudicated or settled</U> in another proceeding. <o:p></o:p><br></li><br> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN> <![endif]> Any claim of discrimination regarding an employment decision or action <U>other than promotion</U>. (In some situations, however, evidence of race and gender discrimination in matters such as training, awards, and performance appraisal that contributed to denials of promotions may be relevant. Class Counsel can explain this if you have questions.) <br><o:p></o:p></li><br> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN>Any claims regarding denial of promotion on <U>any basis other than race and/or gender</U>.<br> </li><br> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN>Claims regarding denial of <U>career ladder</U> (non-competitive) promotions.<o:p></o:p></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <![if !supportLists]> <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN> <![endif]> Claims regarding denial of competitive promotions where the Class Member did not make the Best Qualified List (BQL).<o:p></o:p></li> </ul> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt">Such claims are <U>not</U> a part of this case, and Class Counsel <U>does not</U> represent the Class with regard to them. However, Class Members may continue to pursue those claims in a timely manner as described in <A href="http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/1614-final.html">29 C.F.R. 1614</A>. A Class Member with such a claim may want to retain separate attorneys to prosecute such claims.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt"><SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">~ If a Class Member pursues such a promotion claim in a separate proceeding and <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">includes</I> the basis of race and/or gender (as well as another basis, such as age, disability, or religion) in the separate proceeding, she cannot also pursue a claim for the same promotion on the basis of race and gender in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Taylor</I></st1:City></st1:place><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">, et al. v. Astrue</I>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Britannic Bold&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">~ On the other hand, if a Class Member pursues such a promotion claim in a separate proceeding and <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">excludes</I> the basis of race and/or gender in the separate proceeding, she can pursue a claim for the same promotion on the basis of race and gender in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Taylor</I></st1:City></st1:place><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">, et al. v. Astrue</I>. However, she <U>cannot recover twice</U> for the same claim. <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">(<SPAN style="COLOR: black">Class Counsel can explain this principle if you have questions.)</SPAN></I><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 7.9pt 0pt 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><A href="#_top">(back to top)</A></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 13.1pt 5pt 3.85pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P> <DIV style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 3.85pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; MARGIN-RIGHT: 13.1pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-element: para-border-div"> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext 1.0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P></DIV> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-BOTTOM: 12pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: EN-US"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 32.45pt"><A name=tca><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">The Class Agents</SPAN></A><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><br> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 61.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; tab-stops: list 61.5pt; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo10"><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-list: Ignore"><SPAN style="FONT: 7pt 'Times New Roman'"> </SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><![endif]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">PAULETTE TAYLOR </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif">(410) 965-4920<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style29" style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 43.5pt"><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 coordsize = "21600,21600" o:preferrelative = "t" o:spt = "75" filled = "f" stroked = "f" path = " m@4@5 l@4@11@9@11@9@5 xe"><v:stroke joinstyle = "miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn = "if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "sum @0 1 0 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "sum 0 0 @1 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "prod @2 1 2 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "prod @3 21600 pixelWidth "></v:f><v:f eqn = "prod @3 21600 pixelHeight "></v:f><v:f eqn = "sum @0 0 1 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "prod @6 1 2 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "prod @7 21600 pixelWidth "></v:f><v:f eqn = "sum @8 21600 0 "></v:f><v:f eqn = "prod @7 21600 pixelHeight "></v:f><v:f eqn = "sum @10 21600 0 "></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:extrusionok = "f" gradientshapeok = "t" o:connecttype = "rect"></v:path><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img width=146 height=146 src="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/images/debra.jpg" align=left hspace=12 v:shapes="_x0000_s1026"><![endif]>Paulette L. Taylor is the President of the Black Females for Justice II, Inc. at the Social Security Administration (SSA). She is a Management Analyst serving as a GS-12 Buildings and Space Manager in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Budget, Finance and Management, Office of Facilities Management ("OFM"), Office of Buildings Management at the Agency's headquarters in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Woodlawn</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Maryland</st1:State></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style29" style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 43.5pt">Her federal career began in 1972 at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">D.C.</st1:State></st1:place> where she was employed as a clerk typist. She later took a career enhancing position at the Internal Revenue Service in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">D.C.</st1:State></st1:place> She enlisted in the United States Army in 1975 serving her country as a specialist in the administrative field until her honorable discharge in 1980. As a retired disabled veteran, Mrs. Taylor began her career at SSA in 1980 as a clerk typist in the Office of Operations Analysis and Support. She continued her career in the Office of Systems on the Training Support Staff prior to taking a position in OFM.<o:p></o:p></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 43.5pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif">Mrs. Taylor graduated from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Catonsville</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Community College</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> with a degree in Liberal Arts in May 2004. In 2007, she received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management and is planning to pursue a Masters of Science Degree in Negotiations and Conflict Management at the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Baltimore</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style26" style="MARGIN: 5pt 36.95pt 5pt 68.45pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><strong>In order to make a change we must take a stand. We must arm ourselves with truth, knowledge, and understanding. It is our legal right to be treated equal in all aspects of employment. We, the Black Females of SSA, are united in our commitment and we will see justice done together.</strong></SPAN><strong><o:p></o:p></strong><o:p></o:p></P><br> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 43.5pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 61.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; tab-stops: list 61.5pt; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo10"><![if !supportLists]><SPAN style="COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">DEBRA HARLEY </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif">(410) 965-4891<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 43.5pt"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif"> <!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id=_x0000_s1029 style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; Z-INDEX: 2; LEFT: 0px; MARGIN-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 102.75pt; POSITION: absolute; HEIGHT: 106.5pt; TEXT-ALIGN: left; mso-position-horizontal: left; mso-position-vertical: top; mso-position-vertical-relative: line" type = "#_x0000_t75" coordsize = "21600,21600" o:allowoverlap = "f"><v:imagedata o:title="debra" src = "index_files/image003.jpg"></v:imagedata><w:wrap type = "square"></w:wrap></v:shape><![endif]--> <![if !vml]> <img width=137 height=142 src="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/images/debra.jpg" align=left hspace=12 v:shapes="_x0000_s1029"> <![endif]> Debra Harley is the co-founder of the Black Females for Justice II, Inc. at the Social Security Administration. Ms. Harley is currently a GS-2210-12 Information Technical Specialist / Systems Analyst in the Office of Systems (OS), Office of Systems Electronic Services (OSES). She has been employed at SSA since 1967.<o:p></o:p></span><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style27" style="MARGIN: 5pt 36.95pt 5pt 68.45pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Comic Sans MS'"><span class="style31">My message to our class members is as follows: Ladies, no matter how our case is decided, I am honored to have been a part of this experience with you. In my mind, we have already won, because we have united to openly say "no" to the discriminatory practices SSA imposes upon us. I have frequently been told that we are leaving a "legacy" behind. Yes, we are but, more importantly, we are blessed women, and I hope that you will always carry the feeling that you matter in this world and deserve all that is right and good in it. Be encouraged.</span><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 0pt 0in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><A href="#_top">(back to top)</A></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 13.1pt 5pt 3.85pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B></P> <DIV style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1pt; MARGIN-LEFT: 3.85pt; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; MARGIN-RIGHT: 13.1pt; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: windowtext 1pt solid; mso-element: para-border-div"> <P style="BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; PADDING-RIGHT: 0in; BORDER-TOP: medium none; PADDING-LEFT: 0in; PADDING-BOTTOM: 0in; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; PADDING-TOP: 0in; BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-padding-alt: 0in 0in 1.0pt 0in; mso-border-bottom-alt: solid windowtext 1.0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: EN-US"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></DIV> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 32.45pt"><A name=tcl><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">The Class Lawyers</SPAN></A><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt">The Class is represented by two law firms, Wiggins Childs Quinn &amp; Pantazis PLLC, and Rose Legal Advocates, both located in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">D.C.</st1:State></st1:place> The two firms are working together on the case. You may <A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/contact.htm">contact</A> Class Counsel by telephone, letter, personal visit, or email. </P> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><U><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'">Class Counsel E-mail addresses</SPAN></U><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Book Antiqua'">:<BR> <BR><A href="mailto:ssaclassaction@wcqp.com">ssaclassaction@wcqp.com</A><BR> <A href="mailto:daver@roselawyers.com">daver@roselawyers.com</A></SPAN><Br> <A href="mailto:yrubinstein@roselawyers.com">yrubinstein@roselawyers.com</A></SPAN></B> <P style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt"> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 61.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; tab-stops: list 61.5pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo12"><![if !supportLists]> </P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 61.5pt; TEXT-INDENT: -0.25in; tab-stops: list 61.5pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo12"> <![endif]> <SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 13pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><A href="http://www.wcqp.com/" target=_blank><SPAN style="COLOR: red">Wiggins Childs Quinn &amp; Pantazis PLLC</SPAN></A><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><A href="http://www.wcqp.com/" target=_blank><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Wiggins, Childs, Quinn &amp; Pantazis</SPAN></A></B> has established a tradition of excellence in discrimination and employment law since 1985. From its formation, the firm has risen to prominence in pursuing "ground breaking" legal issues in individual and class action suits leading the way in shaping new laws protecting and benefiting people who have been victims. With its original office in <st1:City w:st="on">Birmingham</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Alabama</st1:State>, and now at its <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">D.C.</st1:State></st1:place> office, WCQP has been nationally recognized for expertise in representing employees in individual lawsuits and in class action litigation</span>.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'High Tower Text'"><span class="style29"><st1:City w:st="on"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">There have been some personnel changes in WCQP's Washington office, and now Taylor</I></st1:City><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">, et al. v. Astrue, Comm., Social Security Administration</I> </span><span class="style29">case is being handled by both WCQP's <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Washington</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">D.C.</st1:State></st1:place> office and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Birmingham</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">AL</st1:State></st1:place> office: <o:p></o:p></span><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P><br> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">Timothy B. Fleming, Esq. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><st1:PersonName style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(res://ietag.dll/#34/#1001); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x" tabIndex=0 w:st="on"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">Abby M. Richardson</SPAN></st1:PersonName><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">, Esq.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'; FONT-VARIANT: small-caps"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">Wiggins, Childs, Quinn &amp; Pantazis, PLLC</SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(res://ietag.dll/#34/#1001); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x" tabIndex=0 w:st="on"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">1850 M Street NW Suite 720</SPAN></st1:address></st1:Street><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">Washington</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">, <st1:State w:st="on">DC</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">20036</st1:PostalCode></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">(202) 467-4123 <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">(205) 314-0804 (Abby's fax)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">(205) 314-0805 (Tim's fax)<o:p></o:p></SPAN></o:p></SPAN></P><br> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p>Robert F. Childs, Esq. </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 86.45pt; tab-stops: .5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: blue; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p>Russell W. 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Although a small firm, it is committed to achieving big results. Rose Legal Advocates has won important cases and treats its clients as it would want to be treated if it were the client. Rose Legal Advocates has fought large corporations and government agencies since 1987, and has won or settled most cases and has a policy of continuin</span>g to represent Plaintiffs until there is a satisfactory conclusion or settlement no matter how long it takes.</P> <P class="style29" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt">The <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Taylor</I></st1:City></st1:place><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">, et al. v. 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mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol"></SPAN><A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/pdf/discoveryscheduling.pdf" target="_blank">Discovery Scheduling Order</A><o:p></o:p><br></li> </ul> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 0pt 0in">The trial in this case occurred in February and March 2009 before Administrative Judge Modu at the EEOC's Baltimore Field Office, <st1:address style="BACKGROUND-POSITION: left bottom; BACKGROUND-IMAGE: url(res://ietag.dll/#34/#1001); BACKGROUND-REPEAT: repeat-x" tabIndex=0 w:st="on"><st1:Street w:st="on">10 South Howard Street</st1:Street>, <st1:City w:st="on">Baltimore</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">MD</st1:State> <st1:PostalCode w:st="on">21201</st1:PostalCode></st1:address>.<o:p></o:p></P> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 0pt 0in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Britannic Bold&quot;">Class Counsel will represent Class Members during any remedies proceedings as a result of Judge Modu's liability decision.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Franklin Gothic Medium'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 0pt 0in; 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mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: EN-US"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P style="MARGIN: 5pt 8.1pt 5pt 32.45pt"><A name=hycp><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'">How You Can Participate</SPAN></A><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: red; FONT-FAMILY: 'Britannic Bold'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt">Any Class Member may communicate freely with Class Counsel to obtain information about the litigation, to get answers to questions about her status as a Class Member, to provide evidence or information, or to discuss the case generally. <U>Such communications are confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege.</U> You may contact Class Counsel via <A href="mailto:ssaclassaction@wcqp.com">email</A> or <A href="http://www.ssaclassaction.com/contact.htm" target="_blank">telephone or letter</A>.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt">You may also communicate with the Class Agents, although you should understand that any such discussion may not be protected by the attorney-client privilege. <o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt"><U>Class Members are not required to do anything at this time</U> to maintain Class Member status. However, Class Members may be requested or even required to testify, either in deposition during the current discovery phase or at trial in March 2008. Class Counsel can explain specifically how you can participate.<o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 8.1pt"><U>Even if you are not a Class Member</U>, but you have information or knowledge that would help the Class in this case, please contact Class Counsel. For example, if you know of someone who may possess information or knowledge about the case, please contact Class Counsel. If you would like to testify, or if you have information that may be useful to the case, please contact Class Counsel. <o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 0pt 0in"><o:p></o:p></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 0in"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><o:p></o:p></I></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style17><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-fareast-language: EN-US"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class="style17" style="MARGIN: 0in 8.1pt 0pt 0in"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">What Protections From Retaliation Do SSA Employees Have If They Participate In The Case? <o:p></o:p></I></B></P> <P style="MARGIN: 6pt 8.1pt 0pt 0in"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: &quot;Britannic Bold&quot;">Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 <U>makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against anyone who participates in the case in any way</U>, whether by testifying, providing information or evidence, or simply asking questions or encouraging or giving support to those who do. 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