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September 2019 Archives

Government may ease barriers to firing federal employees

A 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office state it takes six months to one year to dismiss a federal employee. It states the “time and resource commitment” to remove poor performing employees “can be substantial.”

Federal agencies see jump in sexual harassment suits after #MeToo

The #MeToo movement, created by a civil rights activist in 2017, has allowed women throughout the world to hold sexual abusers accountable on a global scale. In addition to social media shame, the movement has also led to legal consequences for the accused.

Nuclear worker claims retaliation after voicing safety concerns

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has stated it expects nuclear power plants to operate in a "safety-conscious work environment" that allows employees to "raise safety concerns." An employee of one such power plant states she was illegally fired after she voiced safety concerns to management.

Is retaliation against federal workers on the rise?

The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) recently reported an increase in the number of federal employees who have witnessed or been the subject of harassment, discrimination or retaliation. In 2010, the Federal News Network found 34% of federal employees reported these prohibited personnel practices (PPP). The agency’s most recent data shows an increase in these reports to 46%.

Federal worker with GSA files sexual harassment lawsuit

A federal worker with the General Services Administration (GSA) has filed a sexual harassment suit against her employer. In this situation, the woman is not able to directly sue her supervisor, whom she has accused of harassment. Instead, she must file the suit against the agency.

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