Federal employee wins disability discrimination claim. Complainant, an employee of the US Postal Service, filed an EEO alleging employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, or reprisal for a protected EEO activity. Complainant filed an appeal with EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations (OFO) in response to the Agency’s final decision. On appeal the OFO disagreed with the Agency’s conclusion that stated there was no nexus between Complainant’s medical condition and the requested accommodation. The OFO found that there was evidence that the use of a service dog was a reasonable and necessary accommodation. The OFO further found that the Agency did not offer Complainant an effective alternative accommodation. Finally, the OFO found that Complainant’s claim of disparate treatment failed because she was not able to show the USPS’s reasons for were pretext.
Thersa E. v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Appeal No. 0120182764 (June 23, 2021) https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/decisions/2021_08_31/0120182764.pdf
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