Wrongful Termination Attorneys for Federal Employees
Serving Washington, DC & the Entirety of the United States
Our Federal Employment Lawyers Can Help You with Your Wrongful Termination Case
The rights of employees to continued employment, promotions, etc. are governed by many laws, both state and federal. This office is primarily involved with protecting the rights of federal civilian employees. Such employees, working for the United States government, generally have the right to continued employment unless the employing agency can prove that there is “just cause” for termination. Such employees have appeal rights for all serious “adverse actions” taken against them by their employer, including terminations, lengthy suspensions without pay, demotions, etc.
If you are fired improperly or unjustly you may be entitled to reinstatement, back-pay and attorney fees.
Demotions and Suspensions (Longer Than 14 Days)
Most federal civilian employees, including Postal Service employees who have served in the military, have the right to appeal such serious adverse actions to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). This is a federal administrative agency that makes “quasi-judicial” decisions on such cases. Decisions of the Board are appealable to the federal courts. The Board also has jurisdiction over other matters such as denials of disability retirement applications, reduction-in-force disputes, etc.
Your employment is a valuable asset, and wrongful termination cases can result in your being reinstated to the job with back pay and benefits, plus payment of your attorney fees.
As federal employment lawyers, we have handled numerous wrongful termination cases.
In 1978, Congress, under President Jimmy Carter, reformed the old Civil Service laws, abolishing the former Civil Service Commission and doling out its roles to three new agencies: the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
MSPB is a quasi-judicial agency that determines disputes between federal civilian employees and the agencies they work for. OPM takes actions and makes decisions (some of which are appealable to MSPB) regarding personnel matters such as retirement, insurance, pay rates, overpayments, re-employment rights, position descriptions, etc.
MSPB’s jurisdiction does not cover every dispute that an employee might have with the agency he or she works for. Its jurisdiction is limited primarily to actual or constructive adverse personnel actions (termination, suspension of more than 14 days, furlough for 30 days or less, reduction in grade and pay, RIF actions, etc.), denials of retirement applications, failure to re-employ, whistleblowing cases, and “mixed appeals” involving illegal discrimination in addition to another dispute over which the Board has jurisdiction.
OPM’s jurisdiction, so far as individual employees are concerned, primarily involves actions relating to disability and “regular” retirement applications, survivor benefits, and insurance claims.
OSC’s jurisdiction relates to the investigation of allegations of, and enforcement of laws against, prohibited personnel practices in federal agencies.
Contact us for more information about how we can help you with your wrongful termination-related issue.