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MSPB Hearings: Understanding your rights


Federal employees who have been terminated or suspended based on performance or alleged misconduct have rights and legal options.

It is first important to understand the process leading up to a hearing before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) hearing: 

  • When a federal employee is accused of misconduct, an investigation typically occurs. Employees should be aware of their rights during the investigation.
  • Depending on the results of the investigation, management may proceed with disciplinary action. That action may include job termination, suspension or demotion. Employees have a right to be notified before disciplinary action is taken.
  • Employees can respond to the proposed discipline - whether it is termination, suspension or demotion.
  • If the adverse action is carried out, the employee can seek an appeal through a Merit Systems Protection Board hearing.

During an MSPB hearing, the board reviews cases of employees who have been terminated, demoted or suspended based on job performance or professional conduct.

An attorney can represent you throughout the process

There is a lot at stake for employees in an MSPB hearing, including potential job loss.

Remember: Employees can seek representation from an attorney during the MSPB process - or even an earlier stage such as the investigation

Talk to an attorney today: Early intervention is key

If you are facing adverse action job suspension, termination or demotion based on your performance or conduct, learn about your legal rights and options. Take action to protect your job: Contact The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., at 888-351-0424.

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