EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against NY Post Office

Video Transcript

Female Newscaster:  Father’s Day came and went with a local dad still fighting to be with his disabled daughter.

Male Newscaster:  For years, his job accommodated his daughter’s needs.  But all of a sudden, his hours were changed and now he’s going to court.  CBS News’ Derrick Dennis has more on a father’s fight.

Newscaster:  George Ulrich of Westchester and his daughter Victoria are inseparable.  She came into this world disabled and he’s been her caretaker while working as a letter carrier at this Scarsdale post office.

Mr. George Ulrich:  Yes, for 17 years I’ve been working 5 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. in order to be home at 2 P.M. for my daughter.

Newscaster:  But George’s early-morning family-friendly hours were suddenly changed last February, forcing him to choose between sorting the mail by day or cutting his hours and income for the sake of his daughter.

Mr. Ulrich:  Oh, it’s unfair.  It’s unfair.  I’ve got medical bills, ConEd bills…  I’m losing pay right now.

Newscaster:  He chose the pay cut—$200 less a week—and filed a Federal complaint of disability discrimination with the EEOC.

Mr. Ulrich:  Everybody knew about my daughter and nobody ever had a problem with me working 5 to 1:30.

Newscaster:  George Ulrich isn’t just fighting for more time with his daughter; he’s fighting to change the Americans with Disabilities Act, so that it not only protects the disabled, but parents of the disabled on the job.

Attorney Jonathan Bell:  Sometimes, to do what’s right, it’s worth fighting for.

Newscaster:  Jonathan Bell represents the Ulriches.  He says Victoria clearly needs her father and the law should allow him to maintain his prior schedule.

Atty. Bell:  If you’re caring for a child or a significant other or someone else, and as long as it’s a reasonable accommodation, that’s what we’re going through here.

Newscaster:  The Postal Service wouldn’t comment on the Ulrich case, but since, automation has cut the need for some early morning shifts, along with a 20% drop in mail volume nationwide.  But Victoria just wants her dad, even if it means a change in Federal law.

In Westchester, Derrick Dennis, CBS2 News.

Male Newscaster:  A hearing has not yet been set in the case.  It could take as long as six months before a decision is made.