The prospect of being demoted, terminated or suspended from your federal job is a terrifying one.
If you find yourself facing an adverse employment action, it is important to be aware of your legal options and prepared for the process that follows.
Most importantly, don't give up hope. You have rights and options.
Are You Facing An Adverse Employment Action?
These decisions can be appealed to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The board hears appeals by federal employees who have been terminated, demoted or suspended on the basis of conduct or performance.
Typically, you have 30 days to file an appeal of an adverse employment action. However, it is advisable to act promptly and avoid delaying, if possible.
Do You Know Your Rights?
If you have been demoted, terminated or suspended from your job, it is important to be aware of your rights:
- An investigation typically takes place before disciplinary action. You have rights during the investigation, whether your allegations are criminal or non-criminal in nature.
- If you are subject to discipline or removal, you have the right to be notified in advance.
- You have the opportunity to respond to the proposed disciplinary action. It is advisable to contact an attorney for help through this process, to craft an effective strategy going forward.
- In the event that adverse action occurs, you have the right to contest it. This is typically done through an MSPB hearing. An attorney can represent you in this hearing.
Act Sooner Than Later
When you have been targeted for disciplinary action and your job is on the line, it is important to take prompt action. We understand how much you have invested in your career and are committed to doing everything we can to protect it.
The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., represents federal employees at any stage of the MSPB process.
Free consultation: If you are interested in talking to an attorney in a no-cost consultation, please call us at 888-351-0424.