Any Class Member may communicate freely with Class Counsel to obtain information about the litigation, to get answers to questions about her status as a Class Member, to provide evidence or information, or to discuss the case generally. Such communications are confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege. You may contact Class Counsel via email or telephone or letter.
You may also communicate with the Class Agents, although you should understand that any such discussion may not be protected by the attorney-client privilege.
Class Members are not required to do anything at this time to maintain Class Member status. However, Class Members may be requested or even required to testify, either in deposition during the current discovery phase or at trial in March 2008. Class Counsel can explain specifically how you can participate.
Even if you are not a Class Member, but you have information or knowledge that would help the Class in this case, please contact Class Counsel. For example, if you know of someone who may possess information or knowledge about the case, please contact Class Counsel. If you would like to testify, or if you have information that may be useful to the case, please contact Class Counsel.
What Protections From Retaliation Do SSA Employees Have If They Participate In The Case?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against anyone who participates in the case in any way, whether by testifying, providing information or evidence, or simply asking questions or encouraging or giving support to those who do. Anyone who believes that he or she has been subjected to retaliation for participating in the class action case should bring the matter to the attention of the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity and/or to the attention of Class Counsel.