Westchester Letter Carrier Out To Change Americans With Disabilities Act

George Ulrich Says Daughter's Well Being Is Worth Taking On Establishment

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Father’s Day came and went with a local dad still fighting to be with his disabled daughter. For years, his job accommodated his daughter’s needs, but all of sudden his hours were changed and now he’s going to court.

George Ulrich of Westchester County 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.

“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,” Ulrich said.

But Ulrich’s early morning 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.

“Oh it’s unfair, it’s unfair. I got medical bills, Con Ed bills, I’m losing pay right now,” Ulrich said.

He chose the pay cut, $200 less a week, and filed a federal complaint of disability discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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

Ulrich isn’t just fighting for time with his daughter; he’s fighting to change the Americans with Disabilities Act, to protect not only the disabled, but parents of the disabled, on the job.

“Sometimes to do what’s right, it’s worth fighting for,” attorney Jonathan Bell said.

Bell said Victoria clearly needs her father, and the law should allow him to maintain his prior schedule.

“If you’re caring for a child or someone else, and as long as it’s a reasonable accommodation, that’s what we’re going through here,” Bell said.

The Postal Service wouldn’t comment on the Ulrich case, but said automation has cut the need for some early morning shifts, along with a 20 percent drop in mail volume nationwide.

But Victoria just wants her dad, even if it means a change in federal law.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • PO employee

    \The USA need Congress to step in and reform the PO now. All this talk about volume losses and prefunding has been exaggerated. This poor man is one of thousands of employees who have had their jobs, hours and pay, cut or abolished. Injured employees have been shown the door and are now the problem of the OPM and OWCP. Changing hours is a sneaky way to make employees resign so that the PO can say jobs were elimated by attrition. The list of dispicable abuse of workers is enormous. The top execs? Receiving hefty paychecks, benefits and free healthcare. That’s’ where the money’s going, people. Don’t be angry with this guy, be angry about being bushwacked and manipulated by the USPS. The grievances and lawsuits against the PO iswhat’s costing them millions and millions, and the pampered, luxurious habits of the big boys.

  • Mrs. Postal worker wife

    I agree about the gold on his neck, but WHAT RETIREMENT???? My husband is a postal worker & his hours have been changed and after 24 years of service & 8 years serving in the army there is very little retirement & we pay 35% toward our health care and he gets 52,000a year no overtime cause thats been cut for the last 8 years and no raise…oh cost of living of .0018 cents an hour

  • Tanja

    SARAH…go P…you will feel better.

  • rocky

    i with this man and his attorney 100% and wish them the best for him and his daughter, stop making all these assistant post master generals and all theses other jobs the big shots are giving families

  • Going Postal

    If he sold some of that gold around his neck he could retire a wealthy man. He wouldn’t even need that nice retirment plan he will be getting. Then he could be home all day for his daughter. This must be the new “going postal” protocol.

    • Samantha

      “Going Postal”….5:32 a.m. was YOUR post time..I take it that….you DON’T work??

  • Ratty Patty

    BTW…just so you know, “YOUR” means belonging to” and you’re means you are.

    So, he’s lucky? I don’t think either of them are. I hope he wins this big time!

    I’m with him 100% on this one!!!!!!!

  • Richard Po'o

    Wow ken, it’s obvious that your disabilities aren’t physical.

  • Cripple ken

    What a loser this guy is. Your lucky to have a job

    • Dee Willis

      Wow Ken is right !! Karma is a bit**. Way to go ;I’m with this guy 100%

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