Federal Employment Law Attorney
Due to of the large amount of time federal employees spend at the workplace, actions must be taken to ensure that all employees are treated fairly and with dignity. If you feel like you are being taken advantage of or discriminated against by your agency, it is absolutely necessary to know that legal action can be taken. Speak to an employment law attorney from The Federal Practice Group immediately to learn more about your rights as a federal employee.
Adverse Action Proposals and Appeals
What is an adverse action? If you have been removed from a job, demoted, or suspended for more than 14 days, this is an adverse action. However, federal employees have the right to due process which means that the federal agency you work for is required to give you notice concerning the action. They must tell you the reason the step is being taken as well as what rights you have concerning the situation.
Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
If you have encountered any type of difficult situation while at your workplace, you may be in need of a third party who can act as a mediator between you and the agency. Whether it is an allegation of wrongdoing, sexual harassment, discrimination, or some other type of dispute, you need to ensure that there is someone on your side standing up for your rights.
Disability Retirement Benefits
Have you been injured or have sustained some type of disability? There are some cases that are so serious that the victim is unable to return to work. Whether it is a mental or a physical disability, you could have disability coverage under your health insurance. Unfortunately, not all insurance companies are eager to help people who have found themselves in these types of situations. With a member of our team on your side, we could ensure you are treated fairly.
When an employee is being threatened with disciplinary actions, their first step should be to contact a legal representative. It is the responsibility of the federal agency to investigate these matters in order to ensure that they have the full and accurate story before any permanent actions are taken. This reason for this is that the employee could be suspended, demoted, or lose their job altogether.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
If you have been discriminated against while at work, you have the right to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This federal agency was established to help federal employees who have suffered at their workplace and need the help of an independent third party. They are able to bring lawsuits against the guilty parties and uphold the rights of workers throughout the country.
Federal Contractors Issues
There are a large number of federal agencies in the U.S. that perform different functions. These agencies in turn hire countless independent contractors to complete different projects that the agency could not complete. These contractors are carefully chosen as they have to be given a certain level of security clearance in order to complete their tasks. However, it a dispute or issue arises, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help.
Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) Appeals
The Merit System Protection Board was set up to protect all the federal employees who work under federal merit systems. This board is able to help in issues of termination, unacceptable job performance, reductions in pay, and more. If you do not believe that you were treated fairly, you can make an appeal to the board in order get your case re-examined.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Federal employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if it is due to a family medical issue. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, these employees cannot be fired or demoted if they rightfully take this leave. Some examples of legitimate reasons an employee can take this leave is the birth of a child, care for the child within their first year, the adoption of a child, or serious health conditions of a child or parent or spouse.
Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
The Office of Special Counsel was created to protect the rights of federal employees. This could be for a variety of different reasons, including a whistleblower lawsuit. If you believe that your rights have been discriminated against, you could file a formal complaint with the OSC.
Reasonable Accommodation Requests
If an employee is disabled, they have the right to request that reasonable accommodations be made in order to help them carry out their job. This could be a change or modification to the office space in order to allow them to be able to work safely. It could even include changing some of their tasks that they have difficulty accomplishing. If they are denied these requests and the requests are within reason, the federal agency they work for could be acting in discrimination.
Many federal employees required a certain level of security clearance in order to carry out their job. However, gaining this security clearance can prove to be complex and in-depth investigations into the employee's life may be necessary. Even once it is granted, it can be suspended or revoked at any time.
Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not only harmful to the victims who have to suffer through it, but it is against the law. If you were subjected to sexual harassment while at work, you could file a complaint regarding your situation.
USERRA stands for the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the VEOA refers to the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act. These acts were created to help protect the rights of federal workers and veterans. The acts help in regards to their job status and pay.
According to the Whistleblower Protection Act, any federal employee who reports illegal conduct at their place of work is not to be retaliated against by their agency. Whether it is a demotion or wrongful termination, you could have a whistleblower lawsuit if you were treated in this way.
Experience for You
Many individuals suffer harassment and career threatening discrimination solely because they are unfamiliar with the protections provided under federal law or with the EEO complaint process. When it comes to federal employment, employees may also fear that taking legal action against biased or unfair treatment could result in retaliation or other repercussions, particularly in cases of discrimination or whistleblower actions. A knowledgeable attorney can answer any question you may have about how employment law can help you take action against unfair treatment in the workplace. At The Federal Practice Group, the attorneys represent federal employees wherever they may happen to work, even overseas. Never suffer the indignity of a negative workplace environment.
Call the firm today and take the first steps toward resolving your legal issue professionally.