An worker of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreed to resign this week after admitting she posted greater than 100 social media messages throughout work hours or on company property in 2016, urging individuals to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The disclosure got here in a information launch from the U.S. Workplace of Particular Counsel (OSC).
The settlement between the worker and the OSC features a five-year ban from working within the federal authorities, the assertion stated.
The posts have been thought-about a violation of the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits most authorities staff from partaking in most political actions whereas on obligation, the discharge stated.
The girl continued the habits regardless of being approached by ethics watchdogs, the OSC stated.
“When a federal worker emphatically and repeatedly engages in political exercise whereas on obligation or within the office, OSC takes that very significantly,” Particular Counsel Henry J. Kerner stated. “This worker thumbed her nostril on the legislation and engaged in vocal partisan politics each together with her colleagues and on social media.
“This worker thumbed her nostril on the legislation and engaged in vocal partisan politics each together with her colleagues and on social media.”
“Contemplating her information of the Hatch Act and persevering with disregard for the legislation, this worker’s resignation and debarment from federal service are proportionate disciplinary actions. This case serves as an necessary reminder that federal staff should be aware of the Hatch Act’s prohibitions, particularly given the upcoming midterm elections.”
Most federal staff are allowed to have interaction in political actions throughout their private time.