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EEOC: 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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