EEOC Annual Report on U.S. Postal Service Work Force

EEOC releases annual report 2006

Below is a summary of report on the U.S. Postal Service:

Permanent Workforce: Out of 693,677 employees – 60.63% are men and 39.37% women

Major occupations
224,009 city carriers – 73.44% men | 26.56% women
213,262  clerks – 44.21% men | 55.79% women
66,582  rural carriers – 46.08% men | 53.92% women
768    Senior Pay Level – 71.35%men | 28.65% women

“This report covers the period from October 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006. The September 30 snapshot includes only employees in pay status thus, some permanent employees, like seasonal employees or those on active military tours of duty are not included..While the United States Postal Service constituted 28.5% of the work force, it accounted for 43.7% of all EEO counselings, 36.9% of all complaints filed, 41.2% of all completed investigations and 40.7% of all complaints closed in FY 2006.”

“In FY 2006, the U.S. Postal Service reported the highest alternative dispute resolution (ADR) participation rate in the pre-complaint process (73.5%), while the government-wide average was 44.6%. No other agency with 25 or more completed/ended counselings had a participation rate greater than fifty percent.”

“In FY 2006, the U. S. Postal Service reported the highest percentage (95.9%) of timely issued merit decisions without an Administrative Judge decision.”

The top 3 bases of alleged discrimination most often raised were: (1) Reprisal; (2) Disability (Physical); and (3) Age. 

The 6,183 complaints filed at USPS contained  2,541 allegations of disability discrimination.1,445 allegations of race (Black) discrimination, 646 allegations of race (White) discrimination, 234 allegations of race (Asian) discrimination, 28 allegations of race (American Indian/Alaska Native) discrimination and 811 allegations of color discrimination.

Costs: USPS agreed to pay $369,402 for 5,162 pre-complaint settlements, of which 376 were monetary settlements averaging $982.  USPS expended a total of $5,676,799 for 4,452 complaint investigations, for an average expenditure of $1,275. USPS agreed to pay a total of $5,575,275 for 845 complaint closures through settlement agreements, final agency decisions, and final agency orders fully implementing AJ decisions.  For complaint closures with benefits, the average award was $6,597.

See Full EEOC Annual Report on the Postal Service Work Force