Suit Charges Boeing Employee Disability Claims Improperly Denied

December 15, 2004 ( - A lawsuit was filed against Boeing Co. and a unit of Aetna Inc. on Tuesday, charging that employee disability claims were systematically denied.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle, alleged that Aetna improperly and systematically denied valid disability claims on behalf of Boeing, according to a Reuters report.

Aetna’s handling of disability claims was an intentional, company-wide approach motivated by a desire to increase profits, plaintiffs’ attorney Fred Langer said in a statement.

The suit was filed on behalf of Boeing employees who have been denied disability benefits by Aetna since 1998. It seeks an order forcing Aetna to reopen previously denied claims, the appropriate reinstatement of disability benefits owed to plaintiffs, change in Aetna’s claims-handling practices, and additional damages.