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ASL INTERPRETED NOTICE


Update: The court granted final approval of the Settlement on July 31, 2013.

This website provides information and access to documents regarding the $4,550,000 settlement with the United States Postal Service (Postal Service) that has been reached in connection with the following two proceedings: 

  1.  A federal court class action captioned as Bruce C. Hubbard, et al. v. Patrick R. Donahoe,  PMG, Civil Action No 03-1062 (RJL/MJF) (D.D.C.) (Hubbard Class Action); and  
  2. An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) administrative class action captioned as Daniel Tighe, et al. v. Patrick R. Donahoe, PMG, EEOC No. 320-2005-00065X; Agency No. 1E-801-0070-04 (Tighe Class Action).


The settlement agreement affects the following individuals, who are considered eligible class members:

All current and former Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees who were employed by the Postal Service between November 14, 2001, and the Effective Date, who allege that: (1) they were denied communication accommodations, including interpreters, for critical workplace meetings and events; (2) they were denied TTY for phone communications; (3) they were denied emergency evacuation notification systems; (4) they were subjected to a hostile work environment and/or harassment due to their deafness or hearing impairment; and/or (5) they were denied promotional opportunities and/or assistance to pursue promotional opportunities within the Postal Service due to their deafness or hearing impairment.

A Deaf Employee is a Postal Service employee who meets the definition of Postal Service disability classification code 16 (total deafness with understandable speech) or code 17 (total deafness with inability to speak clearly).

A Hard of Hearing Employee is a Postal Service employee who meets the definition of Postal Service disability classification code 15 (total deafness in one ear or inability to hear ordinary conversation, correctable with a hearing aid).

The Court approved the settlement and class members will be eligible to receive monetary damages from the Postal Service, and the Postal Service will implement several policy changes to accommodate more fully the communicative needs of its deaf and hard-of-hearing employees

On this website, you can view the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement and Fairness Hearing (the “Notice”)  a document that summarizes the terms of the proposed settlement agreement and explains the process for implementing the settlement.  This document has already been mailed to individuals who are eligible class members.  If you have not received a copy of this document addressed to you, but believe that you are an eligible class member, you should contact the Class Administrator at 1-866-478-3383.

You may also view an  ASL Version of the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement and Fairness Hearing

You can also view the entire proposed Global Settlement Agreement, read answers to Commonly Asked Questions about the settlement and how it will be implemented, view a sample Claim Form, and review Court Documents related to the settlement, such as the Preliminary Approval Order , Final Approval Order, Opinion Granting Final Approval of Settlement, and Final Settlement Agreement Addendum.

claim submission deadline:

In order to receive a settlement payment from the Postal Service, eligible class members must complete the Claim Form and return it to the Class Administrator, postmarked by no later than October 29, 2013. 

In addition to completing and timely submitting a Claim Form, each eligible class member seeking to participate in the Global Settlement Agreement must complete and timely submit a release form (Release Form) before receiving his or her settlement payment.  The Class Administrator will mail Release Forms to each eligible class member who is entitled to receive a payment by approximately November 29, 2013.  Both forms must be returned to the Class Administrator at the address below:

 Hubbard Class Action Settlement
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 2396
Faribault, MN 55021-9096

If you would like to request a copy of the Notice, Claim Form, or Release Form (when available), you may do so by contacting the Class Administrator at the address above, or by calling 1-866-478-3383.

Questions?

If you have questions about the information on this website that are not answered by the Commonly Asked Questions, you can get more information by contacting Class Counsel at 1-877-731-4867, by calling the Class Administrator at1-866-478-3383 or by sending a letter to the Class Administrator at the address listed above.  If you have questions regarding the Claim Form you can get free help by contacting Class Counsel at 1-877-731-4867, or you can call the Class Administrator at 1-866-478-3383.

 

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