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Congress was not motivated to discriminate against women when it required recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance to have worked in five out of the previous 10 years, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Addressing what it called a “human tragedy,” the circuit reluctantly said it could do nothing to help Claire Collier, a sufferer of Lou Gehrig’s disease who was challenging the so-called 20/40 Rule — the requirement that recipients over the age of 31 must have worked 20 out of the previous 40 quarters.

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