Meyer Settlement

Meyer Settlement

Meyer Settlement

The Meyer, et al. v. Blinken (Department of State) case commenced in 2006 and finally settled, after contentious litigation, in December 2022. The settlement is for the following class:

All qualified applicants to the Foreign Service beginning on October 7, 2006, who were denied employment, or whose employment was delayed pending application for and receipt of a waiver, because the State Department deemed them not “Worldwide Available” due to their disability.

The class was first certified in 2010, and survived two appeals by the Agency in 2014 and 2015. In December 2022, after over a year of steady negotiations, Class Counsel and Class Agents, Doering Meyer and Ryan Gibson, finally reached a settlement with the State Department. This landmark settlement overhauls a medical clearance system in place for decades which Class Agents have alleged led to unlawful disability discrimination. Moreover, the settlement, approved March 17, 2023 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will provide new career opportunities for more than 100 formerly-denied career Foreign Service applicants with disabilities, records of disabilities, and perceived disabilities. Finally, this settlement establishes a $37.5 million fund.

“It is apparent that without the tireless efforts of lead Class Counsel Bryan Schwartz, who has worked toward a resolution in this case with no compensation for more than 16 years, this settlement would not have occurred. This case involved complex issues and Class Counsel provided high-quality representation to the class at all stages. Moreover, this case came with risk, as a successful result was not guaranteed…” – Admin. Judge Colin Power, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

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