Sue the Post Office for Harassment
Have you ever faced harassment at a post office? Most post offices have an anti-harassment policy that prohibits harassment in the workplace. All forms of harassment violate civil rights laws like the American Disabilities Act (1990) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1967).
If you are employed by a post office and you’ve experienced harassment by your colleagues, you can file a lawsuit. To do so, you’ll need to make a harassment complaint to HR and with the EEOC and the APWU. If you’re a customer, you should definitely take your harassment case seriously.
What Constitutes Harassment?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) clearly defines harassment as any form of unwelcome behavior or conduct in the workplace that targets employees because of their:
- Age (40 years old and above)
- Sex and sexual orientation
- Skin colour
For customers, below lists the types of behavior a post office representative can take that will serve as legal grounds to sue:
- Unauthorized entrance
- Incessant calling, texting or mailing
- Use of racist, sexist or religious slurs
- Tampered packaging and rude service leading to loss or damages
Category of Post Offices in the US
The United States Parcel Services (USPS) is the only federally mandated postal service in the US. Other private postal agencies and courier services include:
- Flat Export
- Global Post
Legal Steps to Deal With Post Office Harassment
Employees may have to go through a complaint procedure, but customers who have experienced harassment can immediately file a lawsuit in small claims court against the post office by following these steps:
For Post Office Employees
The Americas Postal Workers Union (APWU) has a harassment procedure for its members. This is what the process looks like:
- A discussion with your supervisor.
- In the event that resolution at the first step fails, a meeting with an APWU official.
- Another conflict resolution meeting with a team of APWU leaders.
- The chance to co-decide on an independent arbitrator for your case.
The EEOC process is a little different. You may choose to file by mail, through hotlines or by an in-person visit at an EEOC office near you. Upon the completion of a preliminary review, the commission will mail your company a formal notice with a timeline of the official procedures.
What follows is a series of hearings, an investigation, and a chance to settle your case through a mediated resolution. If you feel dissatisfied with the verdict of your harrassment charge, you can file a harassment lawsuit with the permission of the EEOC.
For Post Office Customers
If you’re a customer who has dealt with harassment by a post office representative, you can pursue a small claims case. The table below outlines the process to sue a postal agency in small claims court:
|Gather your evidence||Video, audio, written and oral evidence can count.|
|File in a small claims court||Do this in person or through a reputable legal service.|
|Notify the postal service of your claim||You can serve the court papers yourself or you can have someone assist you.|
|Seek pre-court settlement||You can request for the termination of the accused employee or demand compensation for the damages incurred.|
|Attend the court hearing||You’ll be making your own argument on the court hearing date. Make sure to come prepared because you won’t be allowed an attorney in court.|
The Cons of Filing a Lawsuit By Yourself
Suing a post office isn’t a walk in the park – not only does the process take a long time, it also comes with uncertainties. One mistake on the demand letter or court papers can leave room for the defendant’s win. In addition, you aren’t allowed to hire an attorney, which can make suing a post office in small claims court a daunting task.
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Sue Post Offices With DoNotPay
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- Log-in to DoNotPay and select the Sue Now product
- Enter the amount you would like to be compensated for
- Select whether you want a demand letter, court filing forms, or a script
- Describe the reason for the lawsuit and submit any applicable details, including a statement and photo proof
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