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Federal worker with GSA files sexual harassment lawsuit

A federal worker with the General Services Administration (GSA) has filed a sexual harassment suit against her employer. In this situation, the woman is not able to directly sue her supervisor, whom she has accused of harassment. Instead, she must file the suit against the agency.

As a result, the woman has filed the lawsuit against the GSA. The woman is seeking at least $300,000 in damages.

Federal employees with TSPs: Avoid these common mistakes

Federal employees often rely on their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to help fund retirement. Those who use these accounts can increase their benefits by avoiding the following mistakes:

  • Failing to get the match. Federal agencies will generally match contributions at up to 5% of your income. Make the most of your benefits by contributing at least 5% to take advantage of this matching contribution.

Naval academy professor wins MSPB review

A naval academy professor was recently fired after students allegedly complained he acted inappropriately during class. The professor, who has taught as a civilian member of the facility for over three decades, challenged the federal agency’s personnel decision and took his appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

FBI agent fired, accuses Justice Dept of constitutional violation

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the FBI claiming the agencies violated his constitutional rights. The claims stem back to the termination of his position last year. The agent states the FBI terminated his position in violation of his constitutionally protected right of free speech after he made negative comments about President Donald Trump.

The FBI employed the agent for 22 years and as a veteran counterintelligence investigator. He agency fired the agent in August of 2018 after a government investigation found negative text messages about the president shared between the agent and a former FBI lawyer.

What is illegal retaliation?

In certain situations, federal law forbids employers from retaliating against employees. But what does this mean? It means federal employees can hold their employers accountable when they strike out against employees engaged in protected activities.

One such activity in the federal government is the protection to “blow the whistle” when federal workers see wrongdoing within the workplace.

Firefighter wins case against government employer

Working for a government employer can provide wonderful opportunities as well as unique obstacles. Employees who believe they are treated unfairly by a government employer are familiar with these obstacles. This is because the process to hold a government employer accountable for such actions is much different than that used in the private sector.

A recent case provides an example.

Will government employees face increased scrutiny?

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released a memo pushing federal agencies to "strive for demanding metrics" when evaluating employees. The OPM states federal agencies should use demanding metrics to help properly reward outstanding workers.

Unfortunately, there is concern that comes with this memo. The push to reward outstanding workers could result in unreasonable expectations.

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