Category Archives: EEO/Discrimination

SHOULD ALL CRAYONS BE COLORLESS? One of my favorite childhood memories was aging up from the standard, pre-school box of 8 crayons to the post-K 24-pack and then finally once I proved myself old enough to be trusted the gigantic … Continue reading

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ON-SITE PRAYER MEETINGS EEOC just reminded us of the right of employees to demand on-site agency space to hold prayer meetings. A postal employee, who was known to be a Christian asked for some private space during the day to … Continue reading

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EEOC MANDATES PERFORMANCE AWARD A supervisory Customs and Border Protection employee was not at work for more than half of the fiscal year due to cancer treatment and surgery. Nonetheless, he felt he was entitled to an annual performance award … Continue reading

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CARTOONS & REASSIGNMENTS An Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee, the only African-American in her office, found that a co-worker had come into her office and drawn a monkey face on her whiteboard. When she asked management to do something about … Continue reading

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EIGHT YEARS OF BACK PAY & AN AGE DISCRIMINATION GUIDE MSPB just issued what it labelled a precedent-setting decision that will give a former OMB employee eight years of back pay and all the benefits that go along with it. … Continue reading

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EEOC REMINDER ABOUT LEAVE AND REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS Given the increasing number of requests for reasonable accommodations, union reps need to remember the following EEOC precedent: “forcing an employee to take leave when another accommodation would permit an employee to continue … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #20 – Reprisal or Hostile Environment Read through the following facts to identify whether it is a case of reprisal for EEO activity or a hostile EEO environment. The distinction is a big deal when representing an … Continue reading

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COURT SAYS, “SLEEPWAKING INTO CO-WORKER’S” BED NOT PROTECTED We can’t think of the last time we agreed with an employment law decision out of the 5th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Louisiana.  Indeed, we often wonder whether it is … Continue reading

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FEDERAL APPEALS COURT EXPANDS RIGHT TO CHALLENGE DISCRIMINATION For years most courts have held that an employee must show some tangible adverse harm before s/he can challenge a management action as being discriminatory, e.g., a termination, loss of overtime, denied … Continue reading

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FREE EEOC WEBINAR MAY 11–REGISTER FAST EEOC is running a free webinar geared toward union reps as much as anyone else. It is scheduled for 1 pm eastern time on the 11th and will focus on the latest EEOC/EEO developments. … Continue reading

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