Saba, et al. v. Blinken (Department of State)

Saba, et al. v. Blinken (Department of State)

Saba, et al. v. Blinken (Department of State)

EEOC NO. 570-2012-00754X (EEOC): Saba and her fellow class agents won class certification in June 2022 of a class estimated to include more than 10,000 Foreign Service Officers and applicants to federal agencies who were denied post-specific medical clearances required for their positions, without any interactive dialogue about or consideration of reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. The case – first filed in 2011 – was dismissed in 2019, but Bryan Schwartz Law won a major victory in 2020, having the class definition vastly expanded, the class action reinstated, and critical discovery compelled. In February 2022, the EEOC denied the State Department’s renewed attempt to dismiss the case, as a prelude to the class certification victory. Meanwhile, through a separate agreement with USAID, lead class agent Karen Saba, whose cerebral palsy was originally used to justify denying her a job, obtained a Foreign Service position.

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