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Letter to Xerox March 10, 2007

When Xerox sent me for an "Independent Medical Exam" a few years ago my case worker told me not to take it personally, that Xerox was requiring them to do it on all their cases.  I got suspicious when I found something in the news about some financial deal Xerox was involved with.  After all, if they trim, even temporarily, a lot of disabled people from their payroll, won't that lower their liabilities and improve their balance sheet?

They cut me off and made my life hell for a year before I won on the second appeal.

April 1, 2006, they cut me off with no justifiable reason exactly 6 months before they were changing disability management companies, when the deadline for appeals is 6 months.  Do you think that's a coincidence?  Do you think I'm the only one they did it to?

I won my appeal in October 2006, but, as of today, March 3, 2007, they haven't begun paying me again nor given me any back benefits.  They aren't giving me any reason.  They just 1) don't return my phone calls, 2) if I do talk to someone, they tell me I need to talk to someone else or 3) say they'll look into it and get back to me, which they don't do. 

They know that most of their long-term disabled employees don't have the physical or financial resources to fight this kind of arbitrary action.  For every person like me who can deal with this, there may be a dozen others who can't, so it's good for Xerox's bottom line.

It has long been one of my mottos “Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.”  However, we are coming to the point where attributing all the actions of all the people I’ve dealt with in Xerox Benefits and all their contractors to mere stupidity has reached the point of impossibility.

If, as I suspect, this all a calculated and ruthless move on the part of Xerox, then there are lots of other disabled people out there in the same boat.  Perhaps, together, we can do something about this. 
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