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EEO Reprisal is (Unfortunately) Alive and Well

By Deborah J. Hopkins, November 15, 2022 Reprisal, or retaliation, is alleged in about half of all EEO complaints. It is the most common basis of discrimination in findings against agencies. Let’s look at a few situations where the EEOC has issued findings of EEO...

‘Government Careers are Retirement Schemes for the Incompetent’

By William Wiley, October 18, 2022 Oh, did you like that one? Well, how about this: “Federal employment is basically welfare with an attendance requirement, but not a very strict one.” Are you offended yet? No? Well you just might be if you read any more of the...

Employees Can Be AWOL Even if at Work or Working Elsewhere

By Dan Gephart, September 12, 2022 Only six percent of American workers who have been teleworking since the pandemic began want to return to the physical workplace, according to a recent poll. You know that there are more than a handful of people at your agency who...

EEOC Case Illustrates the Ugliness of Harassment Based on Disability

By Deborah Hopkins, September 12, 2022 Members of the FELTG Nation are likely familiar with EEO cases where agencies fail to accommodate a complainant’s disability, but there’s another ugly side of disability discrimination that sometimes arises – hostile work...

This Isn’t Harassment: Supervision, Not Hostile Work Environment

By Deborah Hopkins, August 16, 2022 One of the topics we’ve been discussing in recent FELTG classes is “other harassment,” that is, harassment that’s not based on protected EEO categories. And one of the most common questions we’re asked is this: At what point a...

She/Her/Hers, He/Him/His, They/Them/Theirs: Pronouns in 2022

By Deborah Hopkins, July 18, 2022 There are many polarizing topics (abortion, gun control, COVID-19 vaccines, political affiliation) in this country. We’re going to address another topic that generates feelings almost as strongly in certain circles: pronoun use and...

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