Supreme Court rules in favor of former Colorado postmaster in discrimination lawsuit

5/23/16 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for federal workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits after quitting their jobs over conditions they consider intolerable. The justices ruled 7-1 Monday that workers who bring so-called “constructive discharge” claims have 45 days from the time they resign to begin the process. The court […]

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Over Ban on Guns at Post Offices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear a dispute over a U.S. Postal Service regulation that bans guns from post office property and adjacent parking lots. The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the Second Amendment right to bear arms does not extend to government buildings or the parking […]

Postal and Federal employees were key to gay marriage court victories

In fact, the first lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages, was filed in 2009 under the name of a postal worker in Massachusetts. Fast forward to Monday. With the Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower court rulings that allow same-sex marriages, expect those unions […]

Legal: Postal Inspectors 11-year battle for overtime pay ends after Supreme Court rejects petition

The case in nutshell: (August 28, 2014) Postal Inspectors Robert Nigg (now retired) and Keith Lewis claimed that they were entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The Postal Inspectors alleged that the Postal Service failed to pay their proper wages for (i) hours they worked in excess of forty […]

Postal Employees Have Free Speech Rights

by Don Cheney, retired Local APWU President I would like to commend the postal employees in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for speaking out on the delay of their customers’ First-Class Mail. Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims. Some of it was caused by the collection time of mail being moved up from 5 […]

Supreme Court issues narrow ruling against labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines Monday that home-care workers in Illinois do not have to pay dues to public employees unions. The opinion by Justice Samuel Alito was a narrow loss for organized labor. It did not overrule the court’s “agency shop” precedent applying to all public employee unions. The challenge to […]

OPM Announces Limited Open Season for Legally-Married Gay and Lesbian Couples

MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES From: Elaine Kaplan Acting Director Subject: Guidance on the Extension of Benefits to Married Gay and Lesbian Federal Employees, Annuitants, and Their Families As you already know, on June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. […]

Largest Federal Employee Union Hails Ruling Striking Down Defense of Marriage Act

Supreme Court decision ensures equal treatment for federal employees regardless of sexual orientation WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. “This ruling is a victory of equality over exclusion, of fairness over fear, of compassion over contempt,” AFGE National President […]

Court Decision Against UPS Important On How EEOC Can Pursue Class Cases of Workplace Discrimination

This case is important because it confirms that EEOC can pursue claims of employment discrimination on behalf of persons whose identities may not be known at the outset of the case Federal Court Allows EEOC Disability Case to Proceed, Denying United Parcel Service’s Appeal Decision Important to Issue of Identifying Victims of Discrimination in Class […]

Employers Can Be Held Liable For Discriminating Against Employees Using Military Leave

Recently PostalReporter posted information about Richard Erickson, a distribution Clerk  fired from his position at Fort Myers Processing and Distribution Center (Fort Myers, Florida). Erickson filed an MSPB appeal under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), asserting that he was improperly removed because of his military service and requesting that he […]