LOS ANGELES – A
linguist who worked as contractor at the Bagram Air Force Base alleges
his long-term disability benefits were wrongfully terminated.
Wali Shams filed a complaint on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against
Life Insurance Co. of North America, Exelis Systems Corp. Long-Term Disability Plan and Does 1 to 10
citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in 2013, he became disabled
after injuring his neck while serving as a contractor in Afghanistan and
was initially approved to receive disability benefits until his claim
was terminated on 2014. The plaintiff holds Life Insurance Co. of North
America, Exelis Systems Corp. Long-Term Disability Plan and Does 1 to 10
responsible because the defendants allegedly upheld their decision to
terminate plaintiff's disability benefits on the belief the plaintiff is
capable of working as a research assistant despite the plaintiff's
The plaintiff seeks long term disability
benefits payable at the rate of $4,738 per month, interest, all legal
fees, reinstatement, and any other relief as the court deems just. He is
represented by Kevin M. Zietz of Law Offices of Kevin Zietz in Encino.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-cv-02387-DSF-E