Posts tagged ‘EEOC’

Shipping Giant Repeatedly Failed to Provide Needed Accommodations to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Package Handlers and Applicants, Federal Agency Charges

EEOC sues FedEx for discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing(October 10, 2014) BALTIMORE – Shipping giant FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., (FedEx Ground) violated federal law nationwide by discriminating against a large class of deaf and hard-of-hearing package handlers and job applicants for years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

The EEOC says that FedEx Ground failed to provide needed accommodations such as American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and closed-captioned training videos during the mandatory initial tour of the facilities and new-hire orientation for deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants. The shipping company also failed to provide such accommodations during staff, performance, and safety meetings. Package handlers physically load and unload packages from delivery vehicles, place and reposition packages in FedEx Ground’s conveyor systems, and scan, sort and route packages.

The EEOC charges that, in addition to failing to provide communications-based accommodations for mandatory meetings, FedEx Ground refused to provide needed equipment substitutions and modifications for deaf and hard-of-hearing package handlers, such as providing scanners that vibrate instead of beep and installing flashing safety lights on moving equipment.  Continue reading ‘EEOC sues FedEx for discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing’ »

eeoc logoWASHINGTON – As part of its continuing efforts to improve the federal sector complaint process, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a new report, Preserving Access to the Legal System: Common Errors by Federal Agencies in Dismissing Complaints of Discrimination on Procedural Grounds.

In the equal employment opportunity (EEO) process for federal employees and applicants for federal employment, federal agencies initially process complaints of employment discrimination. In doing so, agencies may dismiss complaints without investigation on a variety of procedural grounds described in federal sector regulations (29 C.F.R. Part 1614). Continue reading ‘USPS one of top agencies with high reversal rates for dismissed EEOC discrimination complaints’ »

Report Suggests Different Ways Agencies Can Provide EEO Information to Their Employees and Applicants

eeo2014WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released a new guide to help the federal government educate its employees on how to protect their rights to be free from employment discrimination.

The report, A Practical Guide to Providing Employees with Adequate Information about Their Rights under Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws and Regulations, provides federal agencies various communication methods to ensure their employees and applicants for employment are fully aware of their rights under the equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.

As one of the many efforts to preserve access to the legal system under the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan / Federal Sector Complement Plan, the EEOC reached out to federal agencies, compiled their communication methods and has now issued this guide to share those methods with all federal agencies. The EEOC encourages agencies to utilize multiple communication methods, including electronic methods whenever possible.

The EEOC is charged with monitoring federal agency compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and procedures. It reviews and assesses the effect of agencies’ compliance with requirements to maintain affirmative employment programs to promote equal employment opportunity, and to identify and eliminate barriers to equality of employment opportunity.

The EEOC enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in the federal and private sectors. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.

The FY 2011 &2012 EEOC Annual Report presents work force profiles of the USPS and examines the agency’s EEO complaint processing activities. Continue reading ‘EEOC annual report on USPS workforce and complaint processing activities’ »

mcconnell2014Just a reminder for Postal Employees who are members of the Pittman (formerly Edmond Walker) vs USPS class action EEOC case. It is possible for a Postal Employee to be a “class member in both the Pittman and Sandra McConnell v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC case.” The legal counsel informed Postal Employees that “all McConnell class claims are separate and independent of any claims involved in the Pittman case.” Continue reading ‘Reminder: Postal Employees can be members of both Pittman and McConnell class action EEOC cases’ »

criminalLet me try again to post legal cases that may be interesting to readers. This case is similar to the one where an employee was called “a terrorist” and face criminal prosecution after filing an OSHA complaint. But in this case the 37-year employee was threatened with criminal prosecution after filing an EEO complaint. Since another postal website read my article and found the case there is no need to withhold the postmaster’s name.

Marvin Green, a former Level 22 postmaster in Englewood, CO, claimed that the U.S. Postal Service retaliated against him after making employment-discrimination claims. He was investigated, threatened with criminal prosecution, and put on unpaid leave. Shortly after being put on leave, he signed a settlement agreement with the Postal Service that provided him paid leave for three and a half months, after which he could choose either to retire or to work in a position that paid much less and was about 300 miles away and making about $40,000 less than his current salary. Ultimately, he decided to retire effective March 31,2010. Continue reading ‘Postmaster forced to retire after threatened with criminal prosecution for delay of mail’ »

pregnancy_discrimination_act_of_1978WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, along with a question and answer document about the guidance and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses.  The Enforcement Guidance, Q&A document, and Fact Sheet will be available on the EEOC’s website.

This is the first comprehensive update of the Commission’s guidance on the subject of discrimination against pregnant workers since the 1983 publication of a Compliance Manual chapter on the subject.  This guidance supersedes that document and incorporates significant developments in the law during the past 30 years.

In addition to addressing the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the guidance discusses the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008, to individuals who have pregnancy-related disabilities. Continue reading ‘EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination’ »

Inside-Counsel_LogoPrivately initiated discrimination lawsuits are not uncommon in the United States, and while they were down year-over-year, the number of filings in 2013 was still significant and costly for businesses.

Inside Counsel,  a monthly magazine exclusively serving general counsel and other top in-house legal professionals has created a list of the top ten “most expensive discrimination class action settlements” of 2013. USPS is listed at #6: Continue reading ‘USPS case makes Top 10 list of ‘most expensive discrimination settlements’ in 2013’ »

marcotte_jThe Postmaster General and the USPS are lobbying Congress. What are they asking legislators to do?

  • Reduce letter delivery to five days per week;
  • Deny new hires a “defined benefit” retirement (pension) plan;
  • Force injured workers into a poverty retirement.

If these points look familiar, they should! They are all part of the severely flawed Senate bill (S. 1486) sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

There is no doubt the Postmaster General’s fingerprints are all over this terrible legislation. Promising savings, the PMG is slowing down the mail, closing processing facilities, selling post offices and destroying postal service to America.

But the savings the PMG predicted haven’t materialized. What has happened instead is delayed mail, poor service and letter carriers delivering mail well into the night.

The lobbying is not just happening in Washington, DC. Presentations in the field to members of Congress include the same misleading propaganda. Continue reading ‘PMG’s Demands: Bad for Postal Workers’ »

Update from Don Cheney: “Some Pittman EEO class members think that previously settled claims and grievances are affected. They are not. Rather, it is outstanding claims and grievances that would be waived by signing the Claim Form and Release. The one exception is the McConnell EEO class action regarding the National Reassessment Process. Pittman EEO class members with outstanding related claims and grievances should discuss their options with their attorney and union representative before signing the Pittman Claim Form and Release. The deadline is June 19th.”pitt2014

June 13, 2014- APWU members who are potential participants in the settlement of a class-action discrimination case against the Postal Service must make a decision by June 19, but they should exercise caution in doing so, warns Human Relations Director Sue Carney.

Continue reading ‘Potential Participants in Class-Action Settlement Should Exercise Caution, APWU Warns’ »