Friday, March 19, 2004
They made me the keeper of the vineyards
The OSC has removed references to sexual orientation-based discrimination from its complaint form, the OSC basic brochure, training slides and a two-page flier entitled "Your Rights as a Federal Employee."
The OSC also removed from its website a press release issued by the OSC in June 2003 that announced the settlement of a case involving discrimination based on sexual orientation against an applicant to the Internal Revenue Service. [link]
Credit for the change goes to Scott Bloch, who started a five year appointment as head of the OSC in January. Mr. Bloch says, "People confuse conduct and sexual orientation as the same thing, and I don’t think they are."
But his interpretation of of this right-wing chestnut is novel, to say the least. Under Bloch's OSC:
A gay employee who is fired or demoted for attending a gay pride rally would receive protection from the Office of Special Counsel. But the same employee would have no recourse at OSC if he was fired or demoted simply for being gay. [link]