03/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the March-April 2017 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)
By Human Relations Director Sue Carney
The Rehabilitation Act is a federal civil rights law that prohibits federal agencies, including the United States Postal Service, from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on a disability or the perception of a disability. To strengthen the statute, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new regulations this year to reaffirm the government’s commitment to otherwise serve as “model employers” for individuals with disabilities and explain what federal agencies must do to comply with affirmative action rules.