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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USPS worker sues for sexual harassment and retaliation

 By Angela Kennecke – Januray 9, 2020 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A Sioux Falls woman, who is marking her 20-year career with the United States Postal Service, is suing her employer in federal court for sexual discrimination and retaliation. Cindy Ekeren works as a mail clerk at the USPS processing and distribution center…

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APWU Western Region Coordinator: Filing a Stress Workers Comp Claim

Excerpt from APWU Western Region Coordinator Omar M. Gonzalez’ Dealing With Postal Monsters Guidebook Postal workers who are harassed may suffer emotional stress when carrying out their postal assignment duties.  At times employees file Workers Compensation claims and are taken aback by the denial of such claims by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP)…

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Lawyer’s Mistake No Reason to Revive Postal Worker’s Bias Suit

By Patrick Dorrian – April 3, 2019 Letter failed to follow federal employee EEO process Lawyer’s mistake in filing charge with EEOC not excused A Pittsburgh mail carrier was too late to sue the U.S. Postal Service for withdrawing his job accommodation for his stroke-related climbing restrictions, the Eleventh Circuit said. John Komosa had to…

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USPS defenses against OSHA citation rejected

By Gloria Gonzalez – February 28, 2019 An administrative law judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has rejected two defenses put forth by the U.S. Postal Service to a citation issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. On Feb. 26, 2018, OSHA issued a one-item, other-than-serious citation to USPS alleging…

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USPS Reissues Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

Effective March 14, 2019, the Postal Service™ reissued its Memorandum of Policy (MOP) HR-03-14-2019-1, Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement. In accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Management Directive 715, the policy will be updated annually and prominently posted in the following locations: All personnel offices; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) offices; On the agency’s internal…

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Postal Employee Loses Wage Retaliation Claims in 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

“Veronica Danielson (“Danielson”) appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the Postmaster General and the U.S. Postal Services San Mateo Information Center (collectively “USPS”). Danielson filed a retaliation claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), contending that after she had initiated a wage dispute through her union, her supervisors had engaged in…

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