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COMPLAINT FORM FOR ALLEGATIONS OF PROGRAM
DISCRIMINATION BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
INSTRUCTIONS
PURPOSE OF THIS FORM: The purpose of this form, SSA-437-BK, is to help you file a complaint
of discrimination about a program or activity conducted by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
SSA POLICY: SSA policy requires us to conduct our programs and activities in a way that does not
discriminate on the basis of: race, color, national origin (including limited ability to communicate in
English), religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, or parental
status. No SSA officer, employee or agent may intimidate, threaten, harass, coerce, discriminate or
otherwise retaliate against anyone who has filed a complaint of alleged discrimination or who has
participated in any manner in an investigation or other proceeding raising allegations of discrimination.
FILING A COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION: If you think that an SSA employee or Administrative
Law Judge (ALJ) acted upon your claim based on bias or discrimination instead of the facts of your
case, you may file a complaint of discrimination by using this form. Instead of using this form, you may
write a letter stating the same information required by this form. If your letter is missing information, we
will send you a copy of this form. We investigate complaints of discrimination that are complete, timely
and within our jurisdiction.
Do not file a complaint of discrimination if you experienced a customer service problem not related to
discrimination. Instead, contact SSA at:
https://faq.ssa.gov/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp?style=classic&type=feedback.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT DECISIONS ON CLAIMS FOR PROGRAM BENEFITS: Do not file a
complaint of discrimination if your complaint concerns a benefits decision you disagree with. If
you want to ask SSA to change its decision about your benefits claim under a program SSA
administers (such as DIB (Disability Insurance Benefits), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), child's
benefits, widow's benefits, or retirement), you must follow the procedures and deadlines for
appealing the decision as described in the notice of appeal rights included with the decision. If
you believe SSA's benefits decision was based on discrimination, you must state this in your appeal
and provide the facts on which you base your allegation.
IMPORTANT: If you disagree with an action SSA took on a claim for benefits, our program rules
require you to appeal the action within a specific time period. Filing a complaint of discrimination
using this form (or a letter stating the same information required by this form) to complain that an
SSA employee or Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) acted upon your claim for benefits based on
bias or discrimination instead of the facts of your case will not extend the deadline for filing
an appeal.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT WITH SSA: Do not use this form if your complaint
concerns employment with SSA. Instead, you must contact an SSA Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) Counselor within 45 days of the action you believe was based on discrimination. Contact an
EEO Counselor at (866) 744-0374 or through SSA's Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity
intranet website.
FILING DEADLINE: You must file a complaint of discrimination within 180 days of the action you
allege was based on discrimination. If the action took place more than 180 days ago, you must explain
why you waited to file the complaint. SSA will waive the 180-day deadline if we believe you had good
cause for filing late. We must dismiss complaints filed late without good cause.
Form SSA-437-BK (02-2017) uf
Page 1 of 8
COMPLAINT FORM FOR ALLEGATIONS OF PROGRAM
DISCRIMINATION BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
INSTRUCTIONS
PURPOSE OF THIS FORM: The purpose of this form, SSA-437-BK, is to help you file a complaint
of discrimination about a program or activity conducted by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
SSA POLICY: SSA policy requires us to conduct our programs and activities in a way that does not
discriminate on the basis of: race, color, national origin (including limited ability to communicate in
English), religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, or parental
status. No SSA officer, employee or agent may intimidate, threaten, harass, coerce, discriminate or
otherwise retaliate against anyone who has filed a complaint of alleged discrimination or who has
participated in any manner in an investigation or other proceeding raising allegations of discrimination.
FILING A COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION: If you think that an SSA employee or Administrative
Law Judge (ALJ) acted upon your claim based on bias or discrimination instead of the facts of your
case, you may file a complaint of discrimination by using this form. Instead of using this form, you may
write a letter stating the same information required by this form. If your letter is missing information, we
will send you a copy of this form. We investigate complaints of discrimination that are complete, timely
and within our jurisdiction.
Do not file a complaint of discrimination if you experienced a customer service problem not related to
discrimination. Instead, contact SSA at:
https://faq.ssa.gov/ics/support/ticketnewwizard.asp?style=classic&type=feedback.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT DECISIONS ON CLAIMS FOR PROGRAM BENEFITS: Do not file a
complaint of discrimination if your complaint concerns a benefits decision you disagree with. If
you want to ask SSA to change its decision about your benefits claim under a program SSA
administers (such as DIB (Disability Insurance Benefits), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), child's
benefits, widow's benefits, or retirement), you must follow the procedures and deadlines for
appealing the decision as described in the notice of appeal rights included with the decision. If
you believe SSA's benefits decision was based on discrimination, you must state this in your appeal
and provide the facts on which you base your allegation.
IMPORTANT: If you disagree with an action SSA took on a claim for benefits, our program rules
require you to appeal the action within a specific time period. Filing a complaint of discrimination
using this form (or a letter stating the same information required by this form) to complain that an
SSA employee or Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) acted upon your claim for benefits based on
bias or discrimination instead of the facts of your case will not extend the deadline for filing
an appeal.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT WITH SSA: Do not use this form if your complaint
concerns employment with SSA. Instead, you must contact an SSA Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) Counselor within 45 days of the action you believe was based on discrimination. Contact an
EEO Counselor at (866) 744-0374 or through SSA's Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity
intranet website.
FILING DEADLINE: You must file a complaint of discrimination within 180 days of the action you
allege was based on discrimination. If the action took place more than 180 days ago, you must explain
why you waited to file the complaint. SSA will waive the 180-day deadline if we believe you had good
cause for filing late. We must dismiss complaints filed late without good cause.
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FILING A COMPLAINT BY MAIL OR EMAIL: To file a complaint of discrimination, you or someone
helping or representing you, should complete a signed and dated copy of this form (or a letter stating
the same information required by this form). If your complaint of discrimination is incomplete or
unsigned, we will send it back to you for correction, which will delay our consideration of your
complaint. Save a copy of your completed complaint of discrimination. Mail the original to the
appropriate regional SSA office listed on page 8. You may choose to email your complaint of
discrimination as an attachment to
program.complaint.intake@ssa.gov.
Communication by
unencrypted email presents a risk that unauthorized third parties could intercept your personally
identifiable information.
IDENTIFYING THE APPROPRIATE REGIONAL OFFICE. If you are mailing your complaint of
discrimination, please send it to the regional office covering the state where the alleged discrimination
occurred. If you allege discrimination occurred when interacting with SSA online, by email, or by
telephone with SSA's centralized customer service support, please use the regional office covering the
residence of the person allegedly discriminated against.
QUESTIONS. For questions about or assistance with the civil rights discrimination complaint process,
you or someone helping or representing you may reach us by email as described above or by
telephone, toll-free, at (866) 574-0374. You may also send a letter to the appropriate regional
SSA office.
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OMB No. 0960-0585
Social Security Administration
Program Discrimination Complaint Form
1. Person(s) allegedly discriminated against (For additional persons, please provide the information on
a separate sheet):
Name
Address
City
State
ZIP
Daytime phone number
Social Security Number
2. Person completing this form, if different from the person identified in Question 1. State your name,
address and Social Security number.
Name
Address
City
State
ZIP
Daytime phone number
Social Security Number
3. Please explain your relationship to any person(s) identified in Question 2:
4. It is against SSA policy for a program conducted by SSA to discriminate against you based on your
race, color, national origin (including limited ability to communicate in English), religion, sex
(including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, or parental status. (Note: Not all
of these bases apply to all of SSA's programs.) It also is against SSA policy to retaliate against you
because you filed a discrimination complaint or to retaliate against anyone who assisted you in filing
a complaint. Please tell us why you believe you were discriminated against.
5. On what date(s) did the alleged discrimination take place?
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6. Complaints must generally be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination. If the date of
discrimination listed above is more than 180 days ago, you may request a waiver of the time limit
for filing a complaint. If you wish to request a waiver, please explain why you waited until now to file
your complaint.
7. Please describe the action SSA took that you believe was based on discrimination or the SSA
policy, procedure, or practice that you believe is discriminatory. Explain why you believe you were
discriminated against. Identify any people you allege were treated differently than you because of
discrimination. Give the name(s) of anyone involved and describe what they did. If the action
happened in an SSA office, give the office's address (street, city, State). If the action happened
during a phone call with SSA, give the number you called or were called from, whom you talked to,
and the date and time of the call. You may use additional sheets if necessary. You may also attach
copies of any documents that will help us understand what happened.
8. If you believe that you were retaliated against for filing or participating in a prior discrimination
complaint, please explain the circumstances below. Be sure to explain how you were retaliated
against and describe what actions you took that you believe led to the retaliation.
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9. Please list the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any persons who may have witnessed, or
have additional information about, the action(s) that are the subject of your complaint. If the person
is an SSA employee, it is sufficient to give the employee’s name and the name or location of the
SSA office.
Name
Address
Phone Number
10. Did you write to or talk with any SSA official(s) about the actions you believe to be discrimination?
If so, give the name of the person(s) you talked to, the address of the person's office (street, city,
State) or the phone number you called, the date(s) you talked, and describe what happened.
11. What would you like SSA to do as a result of your complaint? What remedy or accommodation
are you seeking because of the discrimination you allege?
12. Have you, or has the person allegedly discriminated against, filed a complaint about this matter
with any other agency or organization?
Yes
No
12A. If yes, identify the name and location of the office(s) where the complaint was filed.
12B. When was the complaint filed?
MM/DD/YYYY
13. How did you learn that you could file this complaint?
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