Category Archives: EEO/Discrimination

CATHOLICS, GRANDADS, FACEMASKS & DISCRIMINATION The EEOC’s willingness to protect against religious discrimination continues to surprise us. In the latest decision an employee of the Navy refused to shave his beard to obtain his respirator certification. Given the respirator would … Continue reading

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OPPOSED TO VAX ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS? PREP TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS Unions are going to be hit with a wave of members asking for them to defend the member’s resistance to mandatory vaccinations based on religious grounds. Even if they … Continue reading

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IS YOUR AGENCY IG OUTMANEUVERING YOUR UNION? Late in the last century, AFGE started to launch EEOC class action claims against agencies on behalf of minority groups who were denied promotions and other benefits.  Then in the early years of … Continue reading

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EEOC SUES TO ESTABLISH COVID TELEWORK ADA RIGHT Here we go. EEOC has gone to federal court to begin fleshing out a statutory right to telework under the ADA for those who qualify as disabled under the ADA and for … Continue reading

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BOSS’ ‘PARAMOUR PREFERENCE’ NOT DISCRIMINATION Check out the story from Reuters outlining how managers can favor their in-office lovers (or just flings) over other employees without violating discrimination laws. But do not forget that even if this does not violate … Continue reading

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OOPS, THEY DID IT AGAIN. SELECTING OFFICIALS WHO CAN’T EXPLAIN THEIR ACTIONS Like Brittany Spears’ song, some selecting officials are still getting “lost in the game,”  and in the process hurting those around them.  In this case, an over 40 … Continue reading

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REASONABLE WORK SCHEDULE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE MUSLIM SABBATH A Muslim DHS Supervisory Immigration Services Officer wanted to take every Friday off so he could fully observe his Sabbath. He was initially allowed to do this with the following schedule: working … Continue reading

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EEOC CLAIMS DEMANDING FINGERPRINTS CAN BE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION Given that all federal employees must sub it to fingerprinting to get their job, and certainly leave their fingerprints all over the workplace every day, we thought you might be interested in … Continue reading

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EEOC SAYS, “LET THAT DOG WORK” An employee with a heart condition (atrial fibrillation or Afib) obtained a service dog that could alert her to when an attack was coming. Upon being alerted, she could take medication to avoid another … Continue reading

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WHAT IF YOU JUST ALERT MANAGEMENT TO AN EEO PROBLEM BUT NEVER FILE A COMPLAINT? A well-meaning Corrections Supervisor approached the Warden and “… voiced some concerns with…promoting other staff to the acting position and compensating one at the higher … Continue reading

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