News from Passman & Kaplan: P&K Founding Principal Edward H. Passman was recently interviewed by the New York Times and by CNN. The interviews related to the testimony of Carl Kline, the former director of the White House's Personnel Security Office, before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in connection with the claims of P&K client Tricia Newbold against the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration. Ms. Newbold's claims have been previously discussed in greater detail in this blog. Ms. Newbold is represented by Mr. Passman.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan has again been invited by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to be a presenter at its annual EXCEL Conference. The EXCEL Conference, to be held July 30-August 1, 2019 in Atlanta, GA, has as its target audience federal agency EEO attorneys and labor relations representatives, EEO officials, human resource professionals, union officials and private attorneys. Mr. Kaplan will present two programs, "Hold Your Tongue: The First Amendment and Employee Speech" and "Reprisal: Know It! Avoid it!", and will participate in a panel discussion, "It's a Mixed-Up World: Understanding Mixed Cases." For more information, check out the EEOC's web page for the EXCEL Conference.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Principal Andrew J. Perlmutter will be moderating a panel discussion with staff from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Federal Operations on June 11, 2019. The discussion, "Latest Federal Sector Developments at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office of Federal Operations", is sponsored by the American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Government Personnel Committee. For additional details or to register, see the ABA's website.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Both of Passman & Kaplan's Founding Principals have been recently interviewed in the press.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan will be presenting at the 46th Annual Symposium of the Society for Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals (SFLERP), to be held in Arlington, VA on April 11-12, 2019. Mr. Kaplan will be speaking on "Managing Employees with Mental and Psychiatric Disability." For more information, check out the SFLERP website.
News from Passman & Kaplan: Passman & Kaplan Founding Principal Joseph V. Kaplan is once again pleased to be a presenter at this year's FDR Training Conference, to be held in Philadelphia on August 12-15, 2019. Mr. Kaplan will be co-presenting three programs, "EEOC Mock Hearing," "The Accommodations Managers Love to Hate: Leave, Telework, and Reassignment as Reasonable Accommodations," and "Addressing Mental Disabilities in the Workplace: How to Apply Both the Letter and the Spirit of the Law." For more information, check out the FDR Training Conference webpage.
News from Passman & Kaplan: On April 1, 2019, Passman & Kaplan, P.C. Founding Principal Edward H. Passman and his client, Tricia Newbold, were both interviewed in the press. Ms. Newbold was interviewed by NBC News. Mr. Passman was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), on NPR's All Things Considered program. Both interviews concerned Ms. Newbold's claims against the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, which were recently discussed in greater detail in this blog.
News from Congress: Tricia Newbold, an employee at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, recently testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. As the Committee's chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings, stated in an April 1, 2019 letter to the White House, Ms. Newbold "has informed the Committee that during the Trump Administration, she and other career officials adjudicated denials of dozens of applications for security clearances that were later overturned. As a result, she warned that security clearance applications for White House officials 'were not always adjudicated in the best interest of national security.' She also reported to the Committee that she has been targeted for retaliation after declining to grant security clearances based on longstanding national security protocols. She stated: 'I'm terrified of going back. I know that this will not be perceived in favor of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office.'"
News from Passman & Kaplan: The discrimination complaint of Tricia Newbold, an employee at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, was recently featured in the press. Ms. Newbold has alleged that she suffered ongoing disability discrimination based on her dwarfism at the hands of her supervisor, among other claims. Ms. Newbold's supervisor allegedly discriminated against her by repeatedly impairing Ms. Newbold's office access and by allowing office equipment and files to be placed out of her reach on several separate occasions. For example, Ms. Newbold alleges that her supervisor moved work-related security files that Ms. Newbold needed to a high location and then told her, "You have people, have them get you the files you need; or you can ask me." Based on these allegations, Ms. Newbold has filed a discrimination complaint, which is currently pending at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Newbold's story was first publicly reported in a January 24, 2019 by NBC News. Ms. Newbold is represented by Passman & Kaplan, P.C. Founding Principal Edward H. Passman.
Developments at the EEOC: On September 26, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Office of Federal Operations issued its decision in Cleveland C. et al. v. Dept. of Defense, EEOC Appeal Nos. 0120170405-0120170414. Shifting from prior precedent, the EEOC recognized reasonable accommodation protections for persons suffering from pseudofolliculitis barbae (PB).