Biden Judge Rules that USPS Violated Law Prohibiting Disability Discrimination

October 31, 2023 Judge Doris Pryor, nominated by President Biden to the Seventh Circuit, wrote a unanimous decision that reversed a lower court and ruled that the US Postal Service (USPS) had violated the rights of a woman in a wheelchair to have meaningful access to its services in southern Indiana. She sent the case…

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USPS to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October 2, 2023 The Postal Service will observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. This year’s theme, “Advancing Access and Equity,” refers to an important milestone in disability rights: the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The landmark law ensured civil rights protections and reasonable accommodations for individuals with…

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USPS Memo: Religious Discrimination and Accommodation

Religious Discrimination and Accommodation Memo – August 11, 2023 Related: LISTEN: Supreme Court hears religious freedom case for postal worker required to work on Sunday See: APWU: Supreme Court Raises Standard on Religious Accommodation Cases Also see: The Supreme Court and Seniority: What Groff v. DeJoy Means for Workplaces with Seniority-Based Bidding Systems

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APWU: Telework MOU for CCCs, CRTs, and MSSC Clerks Temporarily Extended

June 26, 2023 On June 23, 2023, the parties agreed to temporarily extend the two MOUs that currently allow clerks assigned to Enterprise Customer Care Centers (ECCCs), Customer Retention Teams (CRTs), and Mailing Solutions Service Center (MSSC) to participate in the Telework Program Pilot. The original MOU was scheduled to expire on June 24, 2023….

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NALC: How to navigate the Reasonable Accommodation process

NALC – June 2023 The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against qualified employees with disabilities and obliges the Postal Service to provide accommodations. This month’s Postal Record takes a look at how to navigate the reasonable accommodation process. The Postal Record – Reasonable Accommodation Source: NALC

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear religious bias claim against Postal Service

By Andrew Chung – Jan 13, 2023 Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by an evangelical Christian former mail carrier in Pennsylvania who accused the U.S. Postal Service of religious bias after being reprimanded for refusing to deliver packages on Sundays. The justices took up Gerald…

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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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USPS: Learn about reasonable accommodations

June 23, 2022 The Postal Service, like all federal agencies, must provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship for the organization. The Postal Service assesses on a case-by-case basis whether an accommodation would cause undue hardship. The goals of an accommodation are to enable a…

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