Social Security Administration Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Treatment Of Same-Sex Couples

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Justice in Aging filed suit against the Social Security Administration Tuesday on behalf of same-sex spouses being told to repay SSA’s overpayments.

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Chris Geidner
BuzzFeed
March 10, 2015
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Tags: Civil Rights, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic

Organizations mentioned/involved: Justice in Aging, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)


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Held and Masters were fine with that change, but they are not OK with the $6,205 bill that the Social Security Administration (SSA) also sent Held, the amount, SSA asserts, that Held was overpaid in benefits since the Supreme Court ruling inUnited States v. Windsor.

On Tuesday, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Justice in Aging filed a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration on behalf of Held and Kelley Richardson-Wright, another married person with a same-sex spouse being told to repay SSA’s overpayments, and all other people similarly affected. The lawsuit asks for the Social Security Administration to be barred from asking people to repay benefits.

“Unfortunately for married same-sex couples in marriage recognition states, SSA was completely unprepared to implement policies required of it by law after DOMA was struck down,” Gerald McIntyre, directing attorney for Justice in Aging, said in a statement. “The victims of that discrimination should not be the ones to pay for the agency’s mistake.”