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Thou Shalt Not Steal

October 11, 2006 Eugene Clark, an employee of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saw that certain documents in the agency's confidential open case file could be helpful in a discrimination lawsuit he was pursuing against EEOC. So without authorization, he took the documents, and his attorney introduced them during district court proceedings in...

Thou Shalt Not Steal

October 1, 2006 Even with good cause, taking agency documents is against the law. Eugene Clark, an employee of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saw that certain documents in the agency's confidential open case file could be helpful in a discrimination lawsuit he was pursuing against EEOC. So without authorization, he took the...

Crying Foul Over Free Speech

July 15, 2006 Advocates are riled about First Amendment ruling, but legal protections haven't changed. After the Supreme Court ruled in May that government whistleblowers cannot use the First Amendment free speech clause to challenge personnel actions against them arising out of statements made pursuant to their official duties, all manner of hyperventilating...

Export Packing

June 1, 2006 Bosses often tout bad apples as terrific employees just to get rid of them. Hiring a federal employee might seem like a sure bet with the recommendation of a former boss. But think again. A common complaint among federal managers is that they were duped by fellow bosses who said...

Export Packing

May 31, 2006 Hiring a federal employee might seem like a sure bet with the recommendation of a former boss. But think again. A common complaint among federal managers is that they were duped by fellow bosses who said an employee was a competent and terrific person when in truth the supervisor was...

The Fine Print of Firing

July 20, 2005 Human resource offices have taken a disproportionate hit from government downsizing over the years. Their numbers were once sufficient enough to allow specialization. Now a typical personnelist must address many areas-discipline, performance, retirement, classification and awards-unable to become expert in any one field. Part of the fallout is that many...

The Fine Print of Firing

July 15, 2005 HR offices have a lot to learn about appeal rights for employees who get the ax. Human resource offices have taken a disproportionate hit from government downsizing over the years. Their numbers were once sufficient enough to allow specialization. Now a typical personnelist must address many areas-discipline, performance, retirement, classification...

The Gender Trap

October 6, 2004 Since the beginning of the Clinton administration, federal agencies have been engaged in the relentless pursuit of a more diverse workforce, but when does the quest for diversity morph into discrimination or managerial misconduct? A case handed down in April by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Federal Operations...

The Gender Trap

October 1, 2004 Sometimes the road to a diverse workforce can lead managers to discriminate. Since the beginning of the Clinton administration, federal agencies have been engaged in the relentless pursuit of a more diverse workforce, but when does the quest for diversity morph into discrimination or managerial misconduct? A case handed down...

Case Closed

June 15, 2004 Basing an MSPB appeal on a similar case that resulted in a lighter penalty isn't as easy as it sounds. Federal employees who are hit with a notice of proposed discipline often are outraged that others in their organization seem to have gotten off more lightly for worse behavior. In...

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