Social Security Administration takes back reprimand of flatulent worker


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/01/10/management-backed-off-social-security-worker-after-flatulence-reprimand-went-public/

The Social Security Administration officially reprimanded an employee whom colleagues accused of continuously “passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor” that created a “hostile work environment.”

After the Smoking Gun posted the reprimand letter online, the agency said it had withdrawn its disciplinary action against the flatulent worker.

“When senior management became aware of the reprimand it was immediately rescinded,” agency spokeswoman Dorothy J. Clark said in an e-mail to The federal Eye.

The agency did not respond to requests to provide a date for its rescinding action. It also did not answer questions about the status of the employee and what actions the administration has taken to address the concerns of his co-workers in the absence of a reprimand.

The letter, which came from the agency’s Office of Disability Operations, cited 60 documented instances of the worker passing gas in his office during a period of about 12 weeks.

The employee allegedly had episodes as much as nine times in one day, according to a log of the incidents included in the letter.

Smoking Gun described the employee as a 38-year-old Maryland man working at a Baltimore Social Security office. The site posted what it claims to be a picture of the worker posing with Pepé Le Pew — of all Looney Tunes Characters — at an amusement park.

The man told a supervisor in July that he would start turning on a fan after releasing bodily odors in his work space, but the manager explained that such action would only “cause the smell to spread and worsen the air quality in the module,” according to the reprimand letter.

In August, the man said he would purchase Gas X to help deal with his problem, the letter said. But the log shows he continued to release gas regularly for the next several months.

The worker provided the agency with proof of medical conditions that could prevent him from working full days at times, but the disability operations manager said: “… nothing that you have submitted has indicated you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition.”

The American Federation of Government Employees declined to comment on this matter, and the union’s Local 1923, which represents Social Security workers in Baltimore, did not respond to queries.

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  1. zzyzzx


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    1   8:23am Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (2)  

    It's lucky the guy doesn't work for the EPA - then he'd also be cited for all sorts of air pollution violations, as well as releasing greenhouse gasses and causing global warming.

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    2   11:03am Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)  

    zzyzzx says

    It is my belief that you can control this condition.

    Then he should get promoted to the defense department.
    Farting on demand is a useful skill.

    My brother never has to wait in long lines.

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    3   12:17pm Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    This story is even funnier when you know people who work there.

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    4   12:22pm Fri 11 Jan 2013   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    He must be a serious offender, for his colleagues to complain! Can you imagine sitting next to him, while he lets it rip all day!

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