Government telework policies have changed a lot in recent months. And many federal employees are likely confused.
It’s natural and understandable for the news to cover major crises, and many of them deeply affect our lives and our workplaces. However, once those crises abate and you go back to your normal routine, will you find yourself secretly immersed in yet another crisis?
Here’s a fact: if you are a federal employee, then you have protection against discrimination based on sex. Here’s another fact: more and more people question exactly what “sex” means.
The law says that businesses and agencies are supposed to provide safe workplaces. They are supposed to shield you from harassment and discrimination. If you file a complaint about such behavior, an agency is supposed to investigate that complaint in good faith. But things don’t always go the way they should.
If you work long enough in the federal government, you’re going to work under an administration with which you disagree. That’s to be expected. The nation’s moods often swing back and forth, and our elections give the nation a lever for change.
As an American, you expect the government and courts to uphold your civil rights. As a federal employee, you may be subjected to the quiet erosion of those rights. Especially if you’re a member of the LGBTQ community.
There’s no lack of stories about “the job that got away.” Depending on the job, a company or agency might review dozens or hundreds of applications for a single position. But in the end, the job usually goes to just one person. That leaves everyone else to wonder why they didn’t get it.
The better candidate gets the job. That's the way it's supposed to work, but if history has shown us anything, it's that things don't always go the way they're supposed to.
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.
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.