On Your Side: Woman says situation as mail carrier a 'big mess'

Published: Nov. 30, 2016 at 4:34 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 at 9:53 PM EST
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RICHMOND CO., VA (WWBT) - A 22-year-old describes what happened to her while working as a mail carrier at the U.S. Post Office on Brook Road in Richmond as a "big mess."

Shekeera Green said it all started in August when she was injured on the job. A doctor said she suffered neck strain from the weight of the mailbag.

"They told me it was from the bag being too heavy. It wasn't leveled out. It was basically pulling me to the side," Greene said.

After she filed a worker's comp claim, she received a curious response asking for clarification.

It said, "On your [injury report], you indicated the time of your injury [8/29/2016] happened at 8 p.m. However, your employing agency indicates records show that you ended your tour on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m."

With the help of her union steward, she was able to obtain time card records, which showed her clock out time on that date had been changed from 9:17 p.m. to 7 p.m., a change she claims only management could make.

"They don't want us to get overtime because they would have to answer to the postmaster as to why we were out there late," Greene said.

Once the time card evidence was presented to the Department of Labor, Greene's claim was accepted, but she may not have discovered that she'd been apparently duped out of pay had she not filed that claim.

Greene says she hadn't watched her time that closely because she trusted management.   But after this revelation, she filed a grievance against them with the office of the inspector general.

"If you work hard, you want all of your money," Greene said. "Not some of it. All of it."

She said after she filed the grievance, she was falsely accused of throwing away mail and is now on unpaid leave because of it.

"You can go to jail for throwing away mail. I see it on the news. I'm not stupid enough to do that," Greene said.  "The post office took me out of work just because I pressed charges on them for something they did."

On Your Side Investigator Eric Philips has been trying to track down answers from the Postal Service on these allegations. He asked several specific questions and was sent this general response:

We are actively investigating allegations made against some supervisors in the Richmond Post Office.  While our investigation into this isolated incident is underway, it would be inappropriate to comment on personnel issues at this time. We will take all appropriate actions based on the investigation's findings.

Meanwhile, Greene says this is not isolated. She said others have had their overtime taken away too.

"When I pressed charges on them, it was for everyone it was not for only me," Greene said. "Who would treat their employees like that, honestly, who would treat their employees like that."

Sources said the Postmaster, several managers and supervisors have been removed from their positions at the Brook Rd. Post Office, but postal officials would not confirm that.

Meanwhile, Greene will be out of work until the investigation is complete into claims that she threw away mail.

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