Social Security Ruling 13-1
On January 31, 2013, the Social Security Administration issued SSR 13-1. This Ruling clarifies the three processes the Social Security Administration has for addressing allegations of unfairness, prejudice, partiality, bias, misconduct or discrimination by an Administrative Law Judge.
A claimant who alleges an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) was unfair in a hearing can file complaints as follows:
1. Include a claim along with their appeal to the Appeals Council.
2. The Division of Quality Service may review a complaint.
3. File a complaint with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights.
I have had clients who felt like the judge was unfair, prejudiced or biased in the decision. They have a right to assert these allegations and hopefully receive justice in the matter.
Seeking disability benefits is very difficult for many people. Many people have a hard time accepting the idea they cannot work anymore and contribute to their family. It is not an easy process. When a judge is harsh, overbearing, prejudiced or bias, a claimant can be left feeling helpless.