United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER REVERSING AND REMANDING FOR FURTHER
C. COUGHENOUR, UNITED STAT ES DISTRICT JUDGE.
seeks review of the denial of her application for Disability
Insurance Benefits. Plaintiff contends the ALJ erred by
rejecting her testimony and finding her impairments did not
medically equal a listed impairment. Dkt. 9. As discussed
below, the Court REVERSES the Commissioner's final
decision and REMANDS the matter for further administrative
proceedings under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
is currently 43 years old, has a high school education, and
has worked as a receptionist. Administrative Record (AR) 35,
23. Plaintiff applied for benefits in May 2015, alleging
disability as of June 1, 2014. AR 81. Plaintiff's
application was denied initially and on reconsideration. AR
80, 88. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on June 8, 2017,
the ALJ issued a decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. AR
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found
that, from the alleged onset date of June 1, 2014, to the
September 30, 2017, date last insured:
Step one: Plaintiff did not engage in substantial gainful
Step two: Plaintiff had the following severe impairment:
Step three: Her impairment did not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff could perform work at
all exertional levels. She could occasionally climb ladders,
ropes, or scaffolds. She could tolerate occasional exposure
to hazards, bright lights, loud noise, vibration, temperature
or humidity extremes, and concentrated levels of pulmonary
Step four: Plaintiff could perform past relevant work as a
receptionist and thus was not disabled.
Step five: The ALJ did not reach step five.
AR 17-23. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request
for review, making the ALJ's decision the