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July 08, 2010

Federal agency claims right to fire employees because of sexual behavior

Craig Howell reports:

Buried in Joe Davidson's Federal Diary in this morning's Post Metro section is a list of 13 factors that the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is using while running background checks on its 16,500 employees to determine who should be terminated. Besides a history of financial trouble, the other 12 factors "were allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, sexual behavior, personal conduct, alcohol consumption, drug involvement, psychological conditions, criminal conduct, handling protected information, outside activities and use of information technology systems."

Somebody needs to inform this agency about the Nexus Doctrine laid down by the courts in the late 60s and 70s that was the basis for overthrowing the old ban on gay employees in the federal civil service. I'll bet "sexual behavior" and "personal conduct" are both unlawful criteria for firing people under the same court rulings, not to mention the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.

The whole column may be read here.

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There used to be a ban on gay employees? Dang, I never knew that! I knew there was one in military groups, but wasn't aware of strictly employees. That's...insane!

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