Social Security cannot discriminate against you because of your: age, race, alcohol/drug addiction, past/present incarcerations, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status or political affiliation.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against based on any of the above factors you have the right to file a complaint with the office of General Counsel.  Your complaint must be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination, or if it is filed after 180 days, you must provide a good reason for the delay in filing.  Your complaint will be reviewed and you will generally hear something within 4-6 weeks

If you feel that your denial was based on discrimination for any of the above reasons, either by the state agency reviewing your application or the Judge who heard your case, you must file an appeal from that decision.  The discrimination complaint that you file will not take the place of your appeal.  You should file both.  Finally, if you are dissatisfied with the final decision from your complaint, you may be entitled to file suit against the Social Security Administration based on your discrimination.  Please contact our office if you have any questions about your disability claim.