The legal world can be tricky. There are very specific rules to follow and a failure to follow those rules can result in you losing your case — even if based on the merits and facts of the case it is clear you should have won.
A female employee recently accused a federal contractor with the Department of Defense (DOD) out of Texas, Southwest Research (SwRI), of sex discrimination. Shortly after the accusations, the contractor fired the employee. This resulted in accusations of retaliation.
Two former airmen who are HIV positive claim that the Air Force discharged them in violation of the law and its own policies. The two men are asymptomatic and had been cleared for duty when they were suddenly barred from deployment and discharged earlier this year. And, they suspect there are many others who may have been affected by violations of the service's policy.
"I think a cleaning is in order here," former Dick Cheney advisor David Wurmser allegedly wrote in a recent email chain. The chain, which was apparently between current White House and State Department political appointees and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, included messages from Wurmser.
Some federal jobs are more dangerous than others. All of them carry risks. When workplace injuries do occur, the first priority is getting necessary care and obtaining the benefits that are due under applicable workers’ compensation law. Clearing that hurdle isn’t something an injured worker should have to attempt alone. Support of an experienced attorney can help.
Even with Republicans in full control of Congress there's no certainty over what is likely to come out of the budget hopper in the weeks and months ahead. The full budget plan fed into the funnel late last month does not bode well for federal workers. The plan calls for cuts that will leave thousands out of jobs, and that's just in the Washington, D.C., area. What that likely means for many is termination or unanticipated demotion.
Due process is a bedrock principle of our legal system. For federal workers in Texas and across the country, it is also a foundational element of employment; providing civil servants with avenues to protect themselves against actions that might result in wrongful dismissal.
Job security is a major issue for most people. Anyone in Texas who lost a position, or even just witnessed someone else lose a job in the recent Great Recession knows how devastating it can be.
The concept of due process enjoys a long history. It's been around since before the United States began and is preserved as a core constitutional value in Texas and every other state. It is perhaps most associated with how the government is supposed to treat individuals suspected of criminal or civil wrongdoing to ensure quality of justice.