$2M Jury Award to Employee Vacationing While on Medical Leave Highlights Pitfalls for Employers

By McGuireWoods LLP – June 26, 2019 It is no secret that employees sometimes abuse benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Nor is it a secret that pitfalls abound for employers trying to limit such abuse while accommodating legitimate needs for medical leave. A recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court…

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NLRB Decision – Nasty Postmaster Fired a CCA for Filing Grievances

A nasty postmaster in Katy, Texas fired a CCA for filing grievances. This type of boss exists in too many post offices! This story had a happy ending. The NLRB went to bat for her. REMEDY Having found that the U.S.P.S. committed unfair labor practices, it is ordered to cease and desist and to take…

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Sleeping on the Job Didn’t Justify Termination of PPO

By Bryant S. Banes – February 5, 2019 The U.S. Postal Service was liable for retaliation in a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, even though the employer said the plaintiff was found sleeping on the job. The Boston general mail facility employed the plaintiff, a U.S.-born woman of Chinese descent, for 18 years,…

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Despite finding no discrimination, court holds USPS liable for retaliation

By Lisa Burden – Jan 9, 2019 Brief: The firing of a long-time postal police worker for sleeping on the job was retaliation for her discrimination complaint, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court has ruled (Anderson v. Brennan, Postmaster General, Nos. 17-2162, 17-2170 (1st Cir., Dec. 14, 2018)). Diping Anderson, a postal police officer (PPO) who…

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Former USPS employee alleges he was terminated while on FMLA leave

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella – October 4, 2018 HOUSTON – A Houston man formerly employed by the United States Postal Service alleges he was retaliated against and terminated because he took a medical leave. James Williams filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against United States Postal…

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PWW: Attendance Crack Down Hand in Hand with Realignments

SPECIAL EDITION – AUGUST 2017 WESTERN REGION– Along with the major work floor disruptions caused by management’s realignments and involuntary reassignments the bosses have directed a crack down on leave usage using discipline as a whip. Most computer staffing modules used by management to cut staff factor in a percentage of leave usage. The resulting…

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Second Circuit Lowers Bar for Causation in FMLA Retaliation Claims

By Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. July 27, 2017 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that to advance a viable claim for retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee need only demonstrate that exercising his or her rights under the FMLA, such as taking…

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“Reinstate NALC Steward Angela” Protest At SF Against Workplace Bullying/Union Busting

By Labor Video Project – November 18, 2016 Supporters of NALC 214 chief steward Angela Bibb-Merritt rallied and spoke out at the SF federal building on November 16, 2016 against her suspension and the massive workplace bullying and union busting going on at the post office. Many stewards have been harassed and bullied by management….

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