Social Security Administration rescinds reprimand against worker for passing gas

The Social Security Administration says a reprimand against a flatulent worker was withdrawn after it came to the attention of senior managers.

You’ll get a gas out of this.

The Social Security Administration has withdrawn a reprimand it issued to a federal worker for disrupting the workplace by excessively passing gas and “releasing an unpleasant odor.”

The about-face came after The Smoking Gun website published a copy of the first page of the Dec. 10 reprimand letter. In it, the worker is accused of “conduct unbecoming a federal employee.” The letter indicates the employee’s flatulent habits have been the subject of complaints by co-workers for at least several months.

The reprimand letter came from a supervisor identified as a “module manager” in the Office of Disability Operations. That manager’s name and the name of the worker are blacked out.

The module manager writes:

“On July 17, 2012, I spoke with you in regards of your releasing of bodily gas in the module during work hours. I asked if you could make it to the rest room before releasing the awful and unpleasant odor. I informed you that the smell from your being flatulent disturbed your coworkers and disrupted the work environment. Several of your coworkers complained about your flatulence. You said that you would try not to pass gas and that you would turn your fan on when it happens. I explained to you that turning on the fan would cause the smell to spread and worsen the air quality in the module.”

On Friday, the Social Security Administration said the reprimand had been withdrawn.

In a statement issued to MSN News, SSA spokeswoman Kia Green Anderson said:

“A reprimand was issued to the employee; however, when senior management became aware of the reprimand it was rescinded on Dec. 17, 2012.  The agency cannot comment further due to privacy concerns."


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