Kimberly L. Cox, a letter carrier at the Kilgore, Texas post office, has sued Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of race and gender.
Cox, who is white, claims that “on numerous occasions” in July and August 2012, she told the Postmaster, Joe McQuiston, that a black supervisor, Cynthia Freeman, was “creating a hostile work environment for the white female employees.”
Cox says McQuiston “took no prompt and remedial action”, and did not report the complaint or conduct an investigation. Cox says that on August 12, 2012, she suffered an injury while delivering her route. After being out for three days, she says she was told to report to work “where she was made to sit in a room for eight hours a day”.
Ten days after her injury, on her non-scheduled day, Cox attended an estate sale- she claims that the Postmaster “came to the estate sale to surreptitiously” watch her. He then reported her to the OIG for investigation. Cox says the OIG did not charge her with any misconduct.
Despite that, she says the Postmaster placed her on Emergency Leave the next day, and subsequently issued a notice of removal, which became effective on November 15, 2012.
The termination was reversed on appeal, and Cox was returned to work, where she says she was subjected to “continuing and ongoing hostile work environment” by the Postmaster and supervisor. She has filed an EEO complaint which is currently under review.
Cox seeks back pay and benefits for the time she was out of work, as well as unspecified damages.