Postal Worker Wins Discrimination Suit Against NY Postmaster

October 6, 2010 by
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After complaint filed Postmaster gets temporary assignment as USPS District Manager of Operations

CARTHAGE — A federal court jury has awarded a U.S. Postal Service employee about $125,000 in back pay after finding that her full-time position was eliminated because of complaints that she was being discriminated against for being a woman.

Roberta K. Faul had sued the service in U.S. District Court in October 2006, claiming that men working in the Carthage post office were given preferential treatment over women and that her full-time position was eliminated when she filed complaints about the disparate treatment.

After a five-day trial last week in Binghamton, an eight-person jury deliberated for two hours before deciding that the elimination of Ms. Faul’s full-time job was retaliation for the complaints. In addition to more than 61/2 years of back pay, plus interest, the jury awarded her $25,000 in compensatory damages for the emotional stress brought about by losing her full-time position as window clerk.

The Postal Service also must reinstate her to her original position or pay her the equivalent of what she would be making as a full-time employee. Since March 2004, she has been working in what the service refers to as “part-time flexible capacity.”

“The Postal Service just has to do a better job overseeing their supervisors, and they really have to instill in their supervisors an ability to be fair and equitable to their employees, and quit riding them like they’re jockeys,” said Ms. Faul’s attorney, Marc E. Weinstein, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ms. Faul, who has worked for the Postal Service since 1986, filed a federal Equal Employment Opportunity complaint in 2002 alleging that women in the Carthage post office were treated less favorably than men.

After the complaint was filed, it was claimed that Postmaster Jeffrey A. Sands, who later became postmaster in Watertown and was named in March as the service’s manager of operations for the northern tier of the Albany District, offered to have Ms. Faul transferred to a supervisory position in another post office, but she declined.

full story: Watertown Daily News

Comments

10 Comments on Postal Worker Wins Discrimination Suit Against NY Postmaster

  1. Don on Wed, 6th Oct 2010 11:17 am
  2. And now the USPS will appeal until hell freezes over. Good luck on getting any money!

  3. postman on Wed, 6th Oct 2010 7:37 pm
  4. USPS cant appeal a open courts final ruling because it isnt appealable.

  5. Diedra A. Spencer on Wed, 6th Oct 2010 8:40 pm
  6. This shows that there are some Judges who are right on point, aand I really wish they could work in the Columbus, Ga. area. How sweet the sound. It appeared as if the Legal system really works other places. not here

  7. ZACK on Wed, 6th Oct 2010 11:44 pm
  8. “The Postal Service just has to do a better job overseeing their supervisors, and they really have to instill in their supervisors an ability to be fair and equitable to their employees, and quit riding them like they’re jockeys,” said Ms. Faul’s attorney, Marc E. Weinstein, Philadelphia, Pa.

    NOW THERE’S AN UNDERSTATEMENT!

  9. ZACK on Thu, 7th Oct 2010 12:04 am
  10. It’s amazing how Postal Managers rape & pillage, then get a promotion. I want to be above the law too. I guess I should get a lobotomy so I can get accepted into a managerial position.

  11. J Jameson on Thu, 7th Oct 2010 4:35 am
  12. Good for her ! And, as is typical, the postmaster gets promoted. Examining his record I would bet that her has left a trail of EEO comlaints and a multitude of employee grievances. One wonders just what you have to do as a manager to get demoted?

  13. arlenesdaughter on Thu, 7th Oct 2010 5:08 am
  14. I agree with J Jameson we all know there is no accountability when postal managers do something that is unjust, one would think that this would cause an inquiry by Mr. Potter but of course we know this will never happen.

  15. To: not surprised! on Thu, 7th Oct 2010 2:36 pm
  16. Do WRONG, no problem the USPS has a Postmaster position somewhere for you! They seem to reward Management for treating employees like crap,(Always have) no wonder the Post Office has no $$$, lack of LEADERSHIP.. They talk about kids being bullies, what about the so called adults @ the USPS who get away with it EVERYDAY..makes you wonder if they are the ones who are raising the “BULLIES” When are they going to learn PEOPLE SKILLS? I think the USPS needs to start over by getting rid of the BIGGEST BULLY PMG POTTER!

  17. Harry Potter on Fri, 8th Oct 2010 5:27 pm
  18. I hope Mr Gallagher in Philly and his POOMS and PM’s in Bensalem, Morrisville Levittown and Bristol PA have read this……… They are a joke !

  19. Retired on Mon, 11th Oct 2010 6:36 pm
  20. Only at the USPS can you blatantly violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1967 Laws and get away with it and one wonders whys the USPS is falling by the waste side. What other Federal, State, or Local Government operates in this demeaning manner and get away with it! This is happening at the Baltimore General Mail Facility located in Baltimore, Maryland and the Incoming Mail Facility located in Linthicum, Maryland and abusive managers are being rewarded with promotions/demotions – not loosing pay and the vicious cycles just goes on and on and on…
    One day we are all going to wake up and the USPS will be non- void! Gone by the Waste Side because of Senior Executive, Plant Managers, and Supervisors etc… They will realize one day their actions were truly the cause of the USPS going under…Instead of violating one’s Civil Rights put that negative energy into positive and make moving and processing the Mail the main objection….