EEOC rules that USPS discriminated against injured workers

The U.S. Postal Service used a program designed to help employees return to work after an injury to instead rid the agency of those who required special work accommodations, Government Executive reports.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in favor of a former postal employee’s class action lawsuit alleging that USPS subjected employees to a “pattern and practice” of discrimination under its National Reassessment Program by removing employees under the program claiming that their post-disability assignments were too extraneous or that no special work assignments were available to meet their needs, according to the report.

EEOC found that under the program — in place between 2006 and 2011— 15,000 employees were given new assignments and 10,000 were notified that there was no new assignment available for them, and more than 100,000 employees either recovered and returned to their pre-injury positions or left the agency while the program was in place, the report notes, adding that USPS will have to make a payout to as many as 130,000 current and former employees as part of a class-action lawsuit.

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Sun, May 17, 2020

They have to provide 8 hours of work for you if your doctor says that you can work 8 hours even if it's sedentary work. ELM 546

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Ive been a postal employee for three years i got hurt and twisted my ankle now have metal holding it together, the PO converted me to regular and gave me a route i cannot carry according to my MMI report so i was told to write to the drac committee and wait. I called union who is supposed to get me in CELOC 6 months ago and im still waiting, now theyre taking my route away ill be UAR. i work an hr a day to case my route and they send me home on owcp time. i need fulltime work ive been homeless for 3 years and they wont let me work or help find fulltime work for me idk what else to do im in eap because ive been having suicide thoughts and nobody is helping me idk what else to do i cant pay rent with owcp money and working 1 hr a day! The DOL told me to write my congressman if i didnt like the help im receiving i served in the army 8 years to get out of it and join this mess where is the help?

Wed, Jul 24, 2019

I worked 30 years at the beltsville p.o. Was diagnosed with defensive joint disease and severe Lyme arthritis from Lyme disease and had my job taken due to the nrp program.was sent 2 hours away to a job that they refused to modify. Haven’t worked in 9 years forced ont on disability and am now waiting for class action lawsuit.

Sat, Oct 20, 2018 vickie illinois

looking for some help or info. Husband injured as a casual letter carrier in 1989. A chained up dog with its voice box removed charged towards husband. Husband starts running backwards and trips over a railroad tie laying in the yard. Destroyed his ACL. Postal wanted him at work the next day. Instead surgery was scheduled and knee repair completed. After 6 months PO rehires him for a 6 month stint..and then lets him go...rehires him for another 6 month stint. Meanwhile..PO denies his injury. Over the next couple of years DOL makes PO pay for a 2 yr degree since evidence proved he could no longer complete the requirements of a letter carrier. PO did not want to offer him a position he could do at that time. He goes thru Voc Rehab PO pays for 2 yr degree...but we have to pay for the first 6 months to get him up to par. He was 45 yrs old. He has several more surgeries and procedures over the years. I finally won his claim after 19 years by proving he could have worked a 40 hr work week. DOL creates a fake job..based on the pay of a computer systems employee. It was not the amount of pay he was receiving at his "full" time job as a Nuclear Security officer. DOL pays him the difference. He was working as a letter carrier to fill the gap as the Security officers had gone on strike. He was unable to find a job as a computer worker..so accepts any job..which is security at a hospital. While there...his left knee is replaced and he is medically terminated becoz his doctor would not release him to return to that job. The hospital would not offer a modified position. So, he has not worked for 6 years. So now here we are and he is 72. OWCP has sent him a letter recently stating he is to have a medical exam and return to the PO as a letter carrier...or into a modified job..stating that OWCP is not a retirement plan. I am not sure where to find any specific info on how to handle this situation. From my 19 years fighting for his benefits, there isn't any trust. I would deeply appreciate any guidance or advice on this matter..I apologize for the length of the post. I thought about just writing 72 yr old man to old to be a letter carrier...but thought it sounded a bit off the wall. Thanks for your help Vickie

Wed, Aug 15, 2018 Houston, TX

My daughter was injured at the postal sorting center, in front of her supervisor. Completed every form and process to be denied. Finally a modified job was given to her but her supervisor demanded she return to the sorting center where there are no jobs. Sad to see this is not a one off but glad to see there is precedent for an EEOC claim. After 12 months she has virtually lost everything while receiving the runaround. Any tips are appreciated.

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