Important Information Concerning the Pittman (Walker) Settlement
It has come to our attention that settlement documents have recently been mailed out in the Pittman (formerly Walker) matter. Please be aware that all McConnell class claims are separate and independent of any claims involved in the Pittman case. It is possible for a person to be a class member in both the Pittman and McConnell cases. We encourage all Pittman class members to seek all relief to which they may be entitled in the Pittman settlement.
NRP Class Action: Representing Workers Affected by the USPS National Reassessment Process
McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Case No. 520-2008-00053X
The National Reassessment Process (NRP) is a USPS program that reviews all injured-on-duty employees serving in limited duty and/or rehabilitation positions. The NRP has been rolled out in most USPS districts across the nation.
In 2006, Sandra McConnell was reviewed under the NRP in the USPS Western New York District. Ms. McConnell had been working in a rehabilitation modified carrier position for over eight years. However, after the NRP review, Ms. McConnell was stripped of her modified position and ordered to go home with "no work available."
Ms. McConnell filed a class action discrimination complaint under the Rehabilitation Act on behalf of all USPS workers affected by the NRP. The disability discrimination class action was certified by the EEOC Administrative Judge in 2008. After the USPS appealed that decision, the EEOC again granted certification of the class action in 2010. To view the class certification
notice click here.
You are already a member of the McConnell class if: You are or were a permanent rehabilitation or limited duty employee of the Postal Service who was subjected to the NRP from May 5, 2006 through July 1, 2011.
If you meet the criteria to be a member of the class, you are not required to do anything at this time in order to remain a part of the class.
What You Should Do
If you are affected by the NRP, you should do the following:
- Fill out the NRP Class Action Questionnaire by clicking here
- With respect to the claims covered in the class definition, you do not need to do anything now to preserve your right to make a claim later. If you have any claims that may not be covered by the class definition, these claims must be processed by you with an EEO Counselor within 45 days of the action complained of.
Current Status of the Case
Recently, the parties have completed the process of exchanging relevant information to move the case forward and, over the past few months, have been submitting various motions to the Administrative Judge so that she can make decisions about how the case will proceed. Once the motions are fully briefed, we will be waiting for the judge to issue her decisions. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue on in this legal process.
We will continue to update this website with the current status of the case and encourage you to check back. If you meet the criteria to be a member of the class (you are or were a permanent rehabilitation or limited duty employee of the Postal Service who was subjected to the NRP from May 5, 2006 through July 1, 2011.), please fill out the NRP questionnaire, accessed at the link below. This information will help us during this phase of litigation. We appreciate your insight and cooperation.
Check for updates on the case status here.