If you are a federal employee who is facing disciplinary action, it is important to know your rights. Your job and your livelihood are on the line, but there are steps you can take as you move forward to protect them.
If you are facing an employee investigation, if you have been notified of a potential discipline or removal or if you are facing an MSPB hearing, you should be aware of your rights. Let’s take a look at some of them:
- Facing an employee investigation? An investigation usually comes before a disciplinary action. Whether the allegations are criminal or non-criminal, it is advisable to speak to an attorney to ensure that proper procedure is followed and that rights are protected through the investigation process.
- Facing discipline or removal? You have a right to be notified before either of these happen. If you were not notified, talk to an attorney. Also, you are entitled to respond to the proposed discipline. There may be things you can do to avoid or mitigate the potential consequences.
- Facing adverse action? You have a right to contest the action. This is done through a Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) hearing or appeal. The MSPB is a quasi-judicial agency that hears the appeals of federal employees who have been suspended, demoted or terminated on the basis of performance or conduct. An attorney can help you understand your specific options and explain what steps you should take to help save your job and your career.
Remember: When your job and your livelihood are on the line, you should take prompt and aggressive action. You don’t have to face this alone. An attorney can help you explore your options and protect your job.
Schedule a free consultation with The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C., by calling 888-351-0424.