And perhaps all that volunteer work partially explains why policyholders who have been denied disability benefits complain that they can never speak to an Unum representative. The company said employees in Unum’s Chattanooga office alone volunteered 23,000 hours of their time and its Worcester office volunteered 8,603 hours of time.
The Timesfreepress.com (Feb. 24) reported that Steve Joseph, senior vice president for Unum said, “As a company, one of our core values is a strong commitment to social responsibility. I’m grateful our employees share that commitment and give so freely with their time and financial resources to organizations that help others and have a meaningful impact in the areas we call home.”
Hey Unum, how about spreading your time and financial resources to the people who you are supposed to insure? Policyholders who have been denied long-term disability have certainly been impacted by Unum. Many people who became disabled only have Social Security benefits to rely on.
Back in 2008, the New York Times reported that Unum lawsuits were filed after forcing people to repeatedly apply for Social Security disability benefits. Unum and Cigna, another huge insurer, threatened people that their insurance payments would be cut off if they didn’t do so.
And by making claimants apply for Social Security, Unum would not have to pay their benefits, which means more profits for the insurance company. A pittance of those profits no doubt went to Unum’s favorite non-profit organizations.
Further, those 2008 lawsuits claimed that many Social Security applications were questionable, and forcing taxpayers to pay needless processing costs, according to the Times. People whose applications are rejected are entitled to appeal their cases by an administrative law judge, but administrative courts have a huge backlog, so disabled people are left with no means of support.
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Unum, how about giving them some charitable support?
A decade ago, the Department of Labor investigated Unum’s practices and demanded that the company cease its unfair claim denial tactics. Besides forcing its policyholders to apply for Social Security and knowing those claimants would be ineligible for benefits according to its policies, Unum also threatened its policyholders with severe benefit payment reductions if they didn’t apply.
And in 2002, CBS News’ 60 Minutes famously investigated Unum regarding its bad faith tactics. According to dozens of policyholders LawyersandSettlements has interviewed in the 12 or so years since, not much has changed.