Appeals Court Upholds Firing of Acting Postal Supervisor (204B) For Timecard Fraud

Acting Postal Supervisor was terminated for falsifying timecard but not his female boss (Postmaster)

Charles Wilcher, a 204B (acting) supervisor from the letter carrier craft, claimed he was “working” on July 5, 2006 when he spent the day with his Postmaster .  She was also accused of getting paid for July 5, 2006 even though it was alleged that she did not actually work that day.  She was initially demoted to the position of Supervisor of Customer Service, but was subsequently returned to her position as Vineland Postmaster.  Eight months after the incident Wilcher was issued a Notice of Removal.  After a grievance filed by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) , a three-day arbitration hearing and two formal complaints filed with the EEOC, his removal was upheld.   The District  and Appeals Courts upheld Wilcher’s removal finding no discrimination.


In September 2000, plaintiff, Charles Wilcher, became a “craft” employee of the United States Postal Service. He first served as a letter carrier, but in July 2006, he became a 204B acting supervisor of the Vineland Delivery and Distribution Center. As a 204B supervisor, plaintiff retained his craft status, but he performed duties of a first-level supervisor.

On March 16, 2007, plaintiff was issued a Notice of Removal, which terminated his employment with the USPS. The Notice of Removal charged plaintiff with improper conduct for being paid for eight hours on July 5, 2006 even though he had not reported for duty that day. Through two formal complaints filed with the EEOC, a grievance filed by his union, and a three-day arbitration hearing, plaintiff challenged the basis for removal by maintaining that he did work on July 5, 2006. Plaintiff explained that he did not perform his supervisor duties that day on the floor, but rather spent the entire day filing with the Vineland Postmaster in her office, behind closed doors or otherwise in an area where other USPS employees could not see him.

An Office of Inspector General investigation ensued into plaintiff’s explanation, and the arbitrator and plaintiff’s supervisors all determined it to be without merit, thus leading to plaintiff’s discharge. Plaintiff, however, insists that he worked on that date, and claims that the USPS terminated his employment because is a black male. As a result, plaintiff filed this action against the USPS for unlawful discrimination based on his race and gender.

On May 23, 2011  the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit ruled: .

Whether the USPS was correct in finding that Wilcher committed time and attendance fraud is irrelevant. The relevant consideration is whether the USPS believed Wilcher was purposefully paid for hours he was not at work and decided to terminate him as a result. Wilcher presented no evidence to the contrary; therefore, there is nothing that could lead a rational jury to believe that the USPS terminated Wilcher for anything other than its proffered reason. The evidence is insufficient to make out a claim of gender-based discrimination for the same reasons it fails to support a race-based discrimination claim.
Because Wilcher failed to raise an issue of fact as to whether the USPS’s proffered reason for terminating him was a pretext for discrimination, the evidence is inadequate to rebut the USPS’s explanation and fails to defeat summary judgment.

6 thoughts on “Appeals Court Upholds Firing of Acting Postal Supervisor (204B) For Timecard Fraud

  1. we have managers and supervisor that don’t show up to work or clock each other in and we contacted OIG and nothing has been done.

  2. We have a supervisor that used to be a manager at another location but was demoted for having an affair with a carriers wife at that station and has a sexual harrassment charge pending. Once again he is in hot water for sexual harassment at the new station. Management says that he was “severely disciplined” but will not disclose how…..

  3. To I on Wed,

    I have the info, and shared it with OIG, all they did was look in the computer and did nothing more. I know for a fact when this person got hired “career” because we both were casuals at the same time. I know you can’t change your own info in TACS, but another supervisor can. Between the two of them, they managed to change it. Just can’t get anyone to look into it. Seems they don’t want to touch anyone in management if they do wrong. They hardly do anything to anyone in craft when they do wrong. They all look the other way.

    And to think the general public thinks that the USPS is one of the most trusting agencies out there, If they only knew.

  4. I know of a Station Manager who has managed to get her own career start date changed in TACS, and I alerted OIG and they don’t seem too interested. At the time this person was only a supervisor, now they are the Station Manager over the entire office. Just think of the good position one of these Postmasters or anyone else could have knowing they are about to be served with a RIF letter, and they could easily have this persons job. The person in it now could be either fired or demoted back down to carrier.

  5. We had stupidvisors deny our V time but they were never fired . They falsefied clock rings . The stupidvisors should know that postmasters don’t take the fall . Demoted then got she got her job back ! That has never happened before ! We had a station manager moved because of a hostil work place . He was never to supervise people again so guess who comes back a year later ? And then they complain about people GOING POSTAL . I’m suprised it doesn’t happen more !

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