How the Postal Service handles sexual harassment complaints (audio)

January 25, 2023 The U.S. Postal Service, like many agencies, has to deal with sexual harassment complaints. According to the Postal Inspector General, while USPS handles them fairly well, it lacks data on how extensive the problem might be. To get more details on the matter, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Elizabeth Kowalewski,…

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EEOC: Resource Document for Military Service Members & Veterans Facing Employment Discrimination

EEOC Press Release – November 10, 2022 WASHINGTON- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a resource document, “Protections Against Employment Discrimination for Service Members and Veterans,” describing federal protections from unlawful employment discrimination against service members and veterans. The document, jointly-authored by the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal…

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10th Circuit Says Deaf City Carrier May Not Sue NALC for False Information

By Michael Karlik – August 23, 2022 Even though a Fort Collins letter carrier was unable to sue the U.S. Postal Service for discrimination in time because of false information union leaders allegedly provided her, the federal appeals court based in Denver agreed Lynda Hickey is now barred from suing the union itself for its…

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Mental Health Provider’s Role in Requests for a Reasonable Accommodation at Work

Employees with common mental health conditions have a right to a reasonable accommodation at work under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). When requesting accommodations, a patient or client may need supporting documentation from their mental health provider. EEOC’s fact sheet briefly explains the law of reasonable accommodation and the mental health provider’s role in…

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EEOC Releases New Guide for Federal Employees Filing Employment Discrimination Appeals

EEOC Press Release – January 24, 2022 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released today a “Guide to Writing Appeal Briefs for Unrepresented Complainants”, intended to assist federal employees and applicants with their employment discrimination complaint appeals to the EEOC. As a resource for federal employees or applicants without legal representation, the…

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USPS ELM Revision: Sex Discrimination Policy

Effective February 25, 2021, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Chapters 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8, to update USPS® policy prohibiting sex discrimination in personnel hiring and placement, so that the ELM is consistent with a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued June 2020. In the decision, the Court…

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Postal Worker Who Took Knee Lacks Job Retaliation, Bias Claims

By Patrick Dorrian – August 28, 2020 Taking knee in protest protected activity under Title VII But arguing with boss, not kneeling spurred unpaid leave A Black mail handler failed to establish he was placed on leave without pay for protesting his boss’s alleged racial mistreatment by taking a knee during a staff meeting, the…

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DOL Sues Postal Service Over Firing of Injured Whistleblower

“The U.S. Postal Service unlawfully threatened to terminate, and ultimately fired, a worker who reported an on-the-job injury, the Labor Department said in a federal lawsuit in California. The DOL alleges that the Postal Service violated the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S….

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