In today’s federal sector, there is no such thing as “small discipline”. Federal employees who are the subject of an employee investigation and proposed disciplinary action should carefully consider their options.
Why? The stakes are extremely high. Disciplinary action against a federal employee may result in demotion, suspension or job loss.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the issues involved in these cases.
The proposal letter
Generally, the employee will receive a proposal letter detailing the case and evidence against them.
The employee will have the opportunity to respond to the letter before the government makes a decision.
Your response letter is critical
How you respond to the proposal letter is critically important.
This letter must be thoughtfully drafted, and should only be written after the entire evidence file (which the agency used to substantiate the said proposal) has been reviewed.
Sometimes, federal employers are looking for an excuse to issue a termination.
The response letter should not be hastily written. It is advisable to work with a federal employment law attorney in preparing this important letter.
When to seek help
It is advisable to seek legal help at the early stages of your investigation, ideally as soon as you learn you are the subject of an investigation.
If it is already too late, you can seek help once you receive the proposed adverse action letter.
Who to seek help from
There are many complexities and nuances involved in representing federal sector employees who are facing disciplinary action. And there are only a few law firms nationwide that handle these types of cases – and fewer yet that exclusively represent federal employees.
Federal employees should consider working with a law firm that specifically represents federal employees. When facing the possibility of demotion or job loss, federal employees should trust their case to a law firm that focuses on these cases – and not the general practice law firm down the street.
Protect your job and your future
If you are a federal employee who is facing an employee investigation, discipline or removal, or adverse action, do not wait to get legal help.
Call 888-351-0424 for a free consultation with an attorney from The Devadoss Law Firm, P.L.L.C. We represent federal employees nationwide.