United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MICHELLE L. PETERSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of his application for Disability
Insurance Benefits. Plaintiff contends the administrative law
judge (“ALJ”) erred in how she weighed the
medical opinion evidence and Plaintiff's subjective
complaints. Plaintiff also claims that the ALJ erred in
failing to assess the impact of Plaintiff's obesity and
sleep apnea on his ability to function. (Dkt. # 9 at 1.) As
discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the Commissioner's
final decision and DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
is 41 years old and has a high school education. AR at 100.
Plaintiff has worked as a warehouse worker, systems
programmer, computer programmer, and helpdesk person.
Id. at 59-60. Plaintiff meets the insured status
requirements through December 31, 2021. Id. at 17.
was last gainfully employed in June 2016. Id.
18, 2016, Plaintiff applied for benefits, alleging disability
as of June 17, 2016. AR at 15, 101. Plaintiff's claimed
impairments consisted of general anxiety, social anxiety,
depression, autism, and foot, back, hip, and hand pain.
Plaintiff's applications were denied initially and on
reconsideration, and Plaintiff requested a hearing.
Id. at 15. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on
March 8, 2018 in Seattle, Washington, the ALJ issued a
decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. Id. at
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in substantial gainful
activity since June 17, 2016.
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe impairments:
obesity, chronic pain disorder, affective disorder, anxiety
disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and obstructive sleep
Step three: These impairments do not meet or equal the
requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: As relevant to this appeal, the
ALJ found that Plaintiff can perform light work with some
exceptions. Plaintiff can sit, stand, and walk for six hours
each in an eight-hour day, can frequently balance, stoop, and
climb ramps and stairs, can occasionally kneel, crouch, and
crawl, and cannot climb ladders, ropes, or scaffolds.
Plaintiff has sufficient concentration for complex and
detailed tasks, which can be accomplished in two-hour
increments with the usual breaks, should not work in a job
where working with the public is the focus of the job, but
can interact occasionally with the public. Plaintiff can work
in the same room with a small group of coworkers, possibly up
to ten, but should not work in coordination with coworkers.
Plaintiff can interact occasionally with supervisors and can
adapt to occasional workplace changes.
Step four: Plaintiff can perform past relevant work.
Step five: In the alternative, considering the
Plaintiff's age, education, work experience, and residual
functional capacity, there are jobs that exist in significant
numbers in the national economy that ...