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Agency’s Law and Ethics of Hiring a Diverse Workforce, Part 3Agency’s Law and Ethics of Hiring a Diverse Workforce, Part 3Wendy MormanPad 530Strayer UniversityDr. Stitt5/17/17
Agency’s Law and Ethics of Hiring a Diverse Workforce, Part 3Laws Affecting the AgencyFirst I will analyze Glowinski v. United States office of personnel management. In thiscase, a federal employee by the name of Karen Golinski and her spouse Amy Cunnunghis weremarried in 2008. When Karen went to add Amy to employee health benefits in September of2008, she was denied. She filed a complaint that stated that denying her spouse health insurancewas a prohibited discrimination. A judge hearing the case in January 2009 sided with Karen andordered the office of personnel management to enroll Karen’s spouse under her Blue cross/ Blueshield health plan. But the office decided that will not abide by the ruling and will not insureAmy. They cited the defense of marriage act as the reason for not in providing coverage for Amy.The Judge again order them to abide by the ruling but also compensate Karen with back pay. In2009, the office of personnel management again stated they will not abide by the ruling. In 2010,Karen sought legal help from Lambda Legal and Morrison & Foerster LLP, who filed a lawsuitagainst the federal government in the district court of California on behave of Karen and Amy.They stated that the defense of marriage act should play no part in deciding if Amy should becovered. The office of personnel management lawyers sent statement stating they willnot abide by the ruling and will continue the fight to denied benefits. In February of 2011, theattorney general at the time Eric Holder along with the President concluded the defense ofmarriage act was unconstitutional and would not be defended in court. Even though the attorneygeneral deemed the act unconstitutional the federal government still decided they will follow itwhile it is still law and will not cover same sex spouses. In March of 2011, the judge dismissedthe lawsuit against the office of personnel management. The lawyers for Karen and Amy thenfiled a motion to eliminate part of defense marriage act, they deem unconstitutional. In Februaryof 2012, Judge Jeffrey White declared section 3 of the defense of marriage unconstitutional.