BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal administrative law judge in Baltimore has given preliminary approval to a $6.6 million settlement for more than 570 current and former Social Security Administration employees with disabilities.

The deal, preliminarily approved Oct. 30, would resolve a dispute over promotions and accommodations that goes back nearly a decade. A final approval hearing is set for March.

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The action, filed in 2005 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accuses the Social Security Administration of denying employees advancement because of disabilities.

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An agency spokeswoman says the settlement, which isn’t an admission of wrongdoing, “reaffirms our steadfast commitment to a talented diverse workforce.”

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The Daily Record reports that as part of the settlement, the agency will create a centralized office that must sign off on denials of requests for accommodations.
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