The Office of Special Counsel has announced settlements in three Hatch Act complaints, including one resulting in an employee resigning and accepting a one-year bar from future federal employment.
That case involved a postal worker who “admitted that OSC would have been able to prove” violations of the prohibitions on engaging in political activity while on duty or in the federal workplace and the prohibition on using one’s official authority to interfere with or affect the results of an election, the announcement said.
That was based on the OSC’s allegation that the employee placed 66 items of mail from a political party or the campaign of a candidate for partisan political office in an “undeliverable” bin — where it would have been discarded if another employee had not noticed it and raised it to the attention of management.
In a second case, OSC said, an employee accepted a three-day suspension for social media posts directed to the success or failure of political parties and/or candidates for partisan political office while at work.
It said that in a third case, an employee was issued a letter of reprimand after winning a race for a partisan local office “but declined to accept the office after being warned by OSC” that the candidacy violated the Hatch Act.