Is it legal for an employer to move an employee to a more strenuous work-section after deployment?

I recently returned home from Afghanistan to return to my regular job at the post office. For years, I was a Clerk. When I was initially hired, I decided to be a clerk due to a disability that I acquired while I was on Active duty in the Army. Thus, the post office hired me while I was a Service- connected disabled Veteran. I told them during my interview that I suffered from an open-bone fracture that resulted in me having screws and plates in my leg. At the time of my surgery, my physician stated that I may suffer from painfull arthritis, swelling, and soreness periodically as I get older. Thus, I find it bothering me when I stand up for long periods of time and when I try to walk for exercise, I suffer from a throbbing pain that's only worstening. Nevertheless, when I was working as a clerk (the position I was hired for) I rarely suffered the pains that I feel right now. This is because when I returned to my job from Afghanistan, I was told that I am no longer a clerk and my job is to Carry Mail (ako a Mail Man). It's been a week since I went out on the streets in my attempt to carry letters to customers. However, my foot has been giving me problems each morning. It feels numb and very sore for about 2 hours. Earlier today, I couldn't move it. The post office is undergoing crucial business changes to save money, and I do understand its condition. So I am not the type of Employee to complain to my Superviser about my foot (which was confirmed as a Service-Connected disability) hurting. Nevertheless, it is starting to impact my performance negatively and it is getting worse because last night I suffered from restless-leg syndrome. My question is............was it ok for the post office to move me from one section to another without notice? The post office hired me as a clerk who has a permanent Service connected disability in his leg. Can they force me to be a Letter Carrier, which clearly violates my Military medical profile against foot-marches, climbing, high-impact activities and running? Finally, there are other clerks who were hired after me who have remained in their Section....this makes them Junior to me. Is it legal for the postal service to place me under the circumstances that I am in now?....If not?....what should I do ?

Asked By: - 1/16/2013
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It depends on what your contract says. Does it specify you're not to be given physically demanding jobs? If not, it may very well be perfectly legal. That doesn't make it right. You suffered major sacrifices to serve your country and you don't deserve that sort of treatment... More
Answered By: crazzy_nascar_chick - 1/16/2013
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