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Early action and prep are often key in federal employee fights

Both political parties have now paraded their presidential candidates before voters in nationally televised debates. If you have ever listened with a particularly critical ear you likely have been struck by the fact that a whole lot of words are spoken without a whole lot of position actually being conveyed. That's not an accident.

Politicians at every level in Texas and executives of major corporations who have the available resources anticipate when they are going to be before the public and they prepare well for those moments.

Even in emergency situations, such as after a major disaster, wise politicians and business people don't step before the camera or a microphone without formulating some very structured key messages and practicing how to deliver them, time and again, regardless of the questions that might be posed.

The objective is to speak directly to the audience, deliver the message often, without allowing the media to control the situation.

This is a lesson that federal employees might take to heart. Whether you are subject of a probe by higher ups that could result in later disciplinary action, the target of mistreatment on the job or you suffer a job-related injury, what you say, how you say it and when could have significant influence over the final outcome.

Many laws are in place to ensure employees due process and protection from wrongful actions. But it's important to remember that every agency has its attorneys. They know the law and are adept at finding ways to use the system to advance specific agendas.

You have rights and part of protecting them as you seek a positive outcome in a job action should include involving an experienced attorney from the outset. You want to be confident your position is accurately presented and properly interpreted and an attorney can help.

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