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11:06 PM ET (US)
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RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
07:30 PM ET (US)
I don't know about others, but there is so much garbage on this site, I read but rarely post.
Former USPS InspectorPerson was signed in when posted
10:33 AM ET (US)
Seems to be more activity over at https://www.quicktopic.com/35/H/cSj7M5p4BLu/p1466.1450#QTmsg1458 USPS EEOC forum.
N.Y. Wiseguy
09:53 AM ET (US)
A month without a posting? Everyone happy?
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10:05 AM ET (US)
07:03 PM ET (US)
Interviewed on the 15th of December, called on Monday the 17th saying I start training on January 8th, to look for the email for my drug test. I checked repeatedly just to make sure I didn’t miss it!! They called me back on Wednesday the 20th and said they had to give the job to someone with a higher score.. Shouldn’t they have made the decision before they called me? I’m mad, but not as mad if I had paid the money for the $4000 Jeep we were in the process of buying the day before!
Edited 12-30-2017 07:34 PM
Salt Water Taffy
12:01 AM ET (US)
"ME" If you are out there...Have a Happy Holiday!
Former USPS InspectorPerson was signed in when posted
06:20 PM ET (US)
Everyone/anyone that might be interested in making a recommendation/observation for the EEOC to consider in its future Strategic Enforcement Plan is welcome to submit a comment. If you wish to remain confidential then just put confidential and/or Anonymous in the names fields. The comments box you type in is screwy and keeps going but don't worry it corrects itself when you preview your comment prior to submission. The EEOC just posted "the #EEOC seeks your feedback on a draft 5-year strategic plan. Comments are due 5 p.m. on January 8, 2018. The article and link is https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-8-17.cfm
Former USPS InspectorPerson was signed in when posted
08:24 PM ET (US)
I posted the following in response to a question on the PEN EEO forum that persons on this forum might find informative. The EEOC recently posted its current Performance Accountability Report (PAR) for FY 2017 @ https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/11-15-17a.cfm. The EEOC also posted its FY 2017 hearing statistics @ https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/nofear/hearings.cfm. 3,885 persons requested hearings in FY 2017, 6,034 persons still awaiting a hearing before FY 2017 started, AVERAGE days in processing hearing requests is 642 days (highest in 17 years of posted EEO data). If your assigned Judge issues a summary judgement against you or you withdrawal your hearing request and request a FAD or settle then the Judge gets credit for processing your hearing so the 642 days average is low. Also I am not sure if the Judge's typically taking 6+ months (180 days) after the hearing to issue an Recommended Decision is factored into the 642 days average posted. Merry holidays and hope the best for all!!!
N.Y. Wiseguy
07:32 PM ET (US)
Tomorrow will mark ONE MONTH since anyone posted something. Peace at the USPS?
Former USPS InspectorPerson was signed in when posted
02:51 PM ET (US)
A good practice is to look at OFO Appeal cases and approach the case according to past case precedent. I searched HIPPA violation in the database and returned 37 hits. https://www.eeoc.gov/decisions/0120100342.txt notes as to claim (1), complainant indicated that her HIPPA privacy rights were violated. We note that the Commission does not have jurisdiction over HIPPA violations. However, the Rehabilitation Act protects employees from disability-related inquires and medical examinations. In claim (1), complainant alleged that she was discriminated against when the agency's official contacted her physician. As such, we find that complainant has alleged a violation of the Rehabilitation Act solely as to claim (1). Therefore, we reverse the agency's dismissal of claim (1) only on the basis of disability. Best is to approach USPS legal with this as an disability (perceived or actual). Find out what would be a "Make whole remedy" for the employee. I observed in my case that initially the USPS Attorney was only authorized $5,000 to settle without having to go for additional approval. An EEO investigation is upwards of $1,500 - $2,200 and FAD writing about $400. So $2,000 - $2,600 contractor costs to the Agency if they don't settle. Hope this helps in figures for settlement.
01:44 PM ET (US)
I have never represented anyone in an EEO but was named as a representative in this case. At the current point of our case, the USPS Law Department has contacted us to obtain demands of the settlement. I do not want to make a mistake in this matter. This in regards to a Hippa Violation. Any advice is appreciated.
Former USPS InspectorPerson was signed in when posted
01:39 PM ET (US)
In the event the Agency takes over 180 days (150 days if OFO appeal on a dismissal is remanded back to the Agency to handle) case OR over 360 days if a complaint is amended (charges added) to investigate your complaint per ALL case precedent you won your case. NEVER agree to an extension to investigate and also annotate if the Agency/Investigator notifies you of the untimely investigation as they are required. I reviewed every untimely/default case and was unable to find a single case that was not won by the complainant/employee. Now I found the best way to lengthen the investigation period is to send additional information/allegations to your assigned investigator to add to your complaint. An amended complaint is worth additional money to the investigator. In my case I did amend my complaint 2x to the investigator and the investigator took 395 days from my formal filling date to get me the ROI. Case precedent dictates that if you get a default awarded to you (absent a hearing) as a sanction the OFO typically remands the case back to the Agency/EEO field Office for hearing but after the hearing/AJ Recommended Decision the OFO has always found for the complainant. Now, going through the entire hearing process and then requesting a default along with any other issues on appeal if the Judge rules against you shortens the process and has always been found in favor for the complainant/employee. I am still awaiting the OFO Order on my case which is untimely investigated/default, Agency FAD failed to rule on retaliation charge, sanction for Judge/Agency Ex Parte meeting/document exchange/bribe discovered at hearing, 10+ EEO affidavit perjury statements by management, agency attorney recusal when he was ID' as an percipient witness at day 1 of the 3 day hearing. Always remember that the OFO and/or Federal District court judges NOT the EEOC judge or FAD are the final authoritative decision makers on your cases.
Postal Employee AdvocatePerson was signed in when posted
12:39 PM ET (US)
Allan Moore m/12003
The first question I have is whether she has already filed an EEO complaint? A federal employee only has 45-days from the date of the adverse action (in this case removal) to contact the agency’s EEO office and request a packet. If she believes that she was treated differently than other employees not of her same protected group or class, then she would indicate the protected class(es) on the form and list the name and class of the comparator employee(s). This is the PS Form 2564-A, or Information on Pre-Complaint Counseling. Keep it short and sweet. You will have an opportunity to provide more detail at a later date.
An employee has only 10-days to complete the form and mail it. The Post Office then has 30-days to conduct an informal inquiry and try to persuade you to participate in mediation and sign an extension. The employee (or counselee, at this stage) will be contacted by an EEO Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Specialist [once known as EEO Counselors] to ask for more details regarding the allegations of discrimination, including what is sought as a remedy. If the employee is represented, that individual should be a participant in any interview or phone conversation conducted by the ADR Specialist. The ADR Specialist is management level and they are not there to represent you. By law they are supposed to be neutral, but that doesn’t always work out.
Once the informal phase is complete, the employee will be mailed a Notice of Right to File a Formal Complaint letter. That form, PS Form 2565, is only a one-page document and you have 15-days to complete and mail it.
The Post Office’s central EEO office in Tampa, FL will be the decision-making entity during the processing of the complaint. They will also decide whether to accept the complaint in whole or in part. The reasons permitted for dismissing a complaint are elucidated in Management Directive (MD-110). It is the EEO processing regulation for all federal agencies. If you’re going to represent someone in an EEO, it would be a good idea to read it.
If the complaint is accepted for investigation, the P.O. will assign a contract EEO Investigator; usually someone who does not work for the P.O. and sometimes is an attorney making an extra buck. All investigators are required to take a 32-hour class to be considered qualified.
S/he will ask the complainant to respond to a series of affidavit questions. This is usually the first opportunity to allude to the existence of evidence that should be in the record. So, if you know there are accident reports on others that would prove that they were treated more favorably, then you can ask the EEO Investigator to ask for those records and include them in the EEO investigative record.
If, for the sake of argument, the EEO Investigator fails to include those records, the employee will have another opportunity to obtain them. Once the EEO Investigator has completed the investigation, a copy of the report is provided to the complainant and his/her representative. Once received, you have 30-days to request a hearing before an EEO Commission Administrative Judge. Once that judge is assigned s/he will advise the parties of the right to engage in discovery. Discovery is the last opportunity for the complainant to ask the Postal Service to produce documents and records that would show comparative, exculpatory and/or evidence of animus or bias. [Requesting copies of all e-mails relative to the accepted issues is a really good source of showing that animus existed.]
Certainly this (former) employee has the right to simultaneously file a grievance and an EEO complaint, regardless of whether they were a union member. If she (or her spouse) was a Preference Eligible Veteran, then she may be able to file in the M.S.P.B. arena. If that was the case, then she should have been provided with a Proposed Notice of Removal first, with a final decision 30-days later. And she would have been provided with M.S.P.B. appeal rights within the language of the removal.
I hope this lengthy response answers your question.
Former USPS InspectorPerson was signed in when posted
11:14 AM ET (US)
I have found success with the VMF regarding accidents since the VMF guys/gals fix those vehicles that are involved in altercations AND may know who was driving it and the extent of damage by employees at the station OR another station that the same manager was at before, long ago. Get the name and info then ask around at the station with the person IDed as having been in an accident. Funny thing is you may find out that the manager/supervisor that fired her was involved in the same or a worst at fault accident in the past and nothing happened to them. Make sure to get dates and names of who you spoke with and what they said. Just get the info and don't tell them what it's for if able. Most of the VMF mechanics/supervisor's don't particularly like managers/supervisors at the stations because they always want stuff or complain about the VMF. Also at issue it seems is her performance but seems like she was not issued an appraisal for the bad performance. This may also be discrimination since others are issued an appraisal let alone management says hers was bad. My prior posts link has that as an issue and he got rehired with back pay. Good luck on your investigation.
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