Tulsa Woman Files Suit Against USPS: ‘They Were Punishing Me For My Pregnancy’

April 20, 2017

TULSA, Oklahoma –

A Tulsa woman is suing her employer, the United States Postal Service. In her lawsuit, Robin Jones claims the USPS broke federal law by failing to accommodate her high-risk pregnancy.

Jones works as a custodian at the downtown Tulsa post office. Back in 2014, when she was pregnant with her daughter, the job was especially grueling.

“Cleaning, mopping, sweeping, pushing, pulling heavy stuff,” Jones explained. “Working with chemicals, stuff like that.”

Additionally, Jones was a high-risk pregnancy because her first child had been born premature years before.

Her doctor wrote a note on her behalf, stating Jones should only work four hours on her feet, and should sit at a desk doing clerical work the other four hours of the day.

But Jones said her boss, the station’s postmaster, did not listen.


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20 Comments on "Tulsa Woman Files Suit Against USPS: ‘They Were Punishing Me For My Pregnancy’"

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Dawn Harris

That would constitute light duty stuff and that’s only for on the job injuries…if you’re lucky…not being pregnant…high risk or not.

Matthew Chavez

That’s an interesting catch. Law says they have to make accommodations for her to do her job, not the clerk’s. Say they have her catching up on second notices, are the clerks going to file a grievance? She’s not cleared for access to payroll and ECCs, so what would she be doing at a desk for 20-24 hours a week?

Only thing I can think of is dutch door, but then she’d have to get up to get packages. There’s not a whole lot of sitting for 4 hours in the PO.

Jadeed Aziz

I think the term is ‘reasonable accommodations’. Inventing work that is not typical to the position, is not reasonable. That puts an undue burden on the business.

Depends though, on if USPS is a business or a ‘service’. Do the same standards apply?

Lyn Hall

I sat and answered phones after casing my route when I was on light duty. There isn’t much else to do that won’t get you trouble with some union or other.

Matthew Chavez
Per past lawsuits, a government service. Which is really going to suck because she’ll win, get paid to sit around for 4 hours, the story gets reported, and then the anti-union crowd will use it as an example of why unions need to be done away with. There’s no shortage of work, it’s just stationary work that’s in short supply. Even answering calls is being forwarded more to the 1-800 number, and the ones that do get routed to the local station will more often than not require ECC clearance. If we have the work, that’s one thing. Inventing something… Read more »
Jadeed Aziz

POTUS, Sessions, Ryan, we need help 🙂

Theresa Nemeth

We need to finally join the world on maternity leave, that is the important thing.

Sitting for 4 hours as a custodian for that long a duration, there are safety protocols to catch up on, msds books to audit and update..they could have made a reasonable effort in her craft

Shelly Oneal

Well, idk about other offices. But our custodian is not actually been qualified to do any other job but clean. Not taken rca/clerk tests. Not been through the drug testing or training. Why wld she be allowed to do work that we had to jump through hoops to be allowed to do? Next she will want to be paid the same as a carrier or clerk. Gotta draw the line somewhere. She was hired to clean. Period.

Shelly Oneal

I agree completely on this maternity leave thing. I just started mine yesterday and it is going to be a struggle. I just couldn’t preform my duties anymore and still have a week or so before kiddo is born. They really need to cover some of our leave for full time employees.

Marcia Piper

As a Rural carrier who recently had a baby, I was told all throughout my pregnancy that I was not allowed to have any restrictions. If my doctor gave any restrictions, management wouldn’t let me work. They said the rural contract doesn’t allow it. So long story short…I went on maternity leave four weeks before giving birth. It’s seriously messed up. But I guess we should be grateful to have good jobs that pay well

skip and that will take away business from all...

It’s seriously messed up indeed…
Years ago, I remember a young woman applying for ‘rural sub work’, got the job and became my relief. A supervisor told me later that “If I had known she was pregnant, I wouldn’t have hired her”.

April Vinyard

Well…its my understanding that light duty is only for “on the job injuries”…and clerical work would have her crossing crafts. Only way I can see them being able to accommodate her more than they did, was to allow more opportunity for her to sit down for a break. But, a break is a break and, anything outside of her allowed breaks would be unpaid still……

Brandy Heston

I hope she wins. They do need to make it easier to accommodate pregnancy issues.

Charlotte DeZern Daniels

I hope she wins too.

Debbie Gibbons

She was a custodian … was she employed by the post office or was she a subcontractor eithet way she’s not a clerk she shouldn’t be doing any of the clerk duties a grievance definitely would be filed

Carrie Padgett

What postal custodian works four hours a day cleaning the office? Before I was a full time carrier and just am RCA, I did the custodial contract as well, it was like 10 hours a week

Aaron LaFollette

Simple solution – have her work 4 hours a day, or put a long rest break in her day just like clerks.

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