DC Federal Employment Law Attorney
If you have been subjected to adverse actions as a federal employee, you
have the right to initiate legal action against your employer. It is critical
that you seek professional legal assistance from an experienced DC federal
employment lawyer at the Solomon Law Firm, PLLC who can protect your legal
rights in challenging such actions. Adverse actions consist of being suspended
for more than 14 days, being terminated from federal civil service, or
demotion as a federal employee to a lower-paying position. With the skilled
legal help of an attorney at the firm, you can file an appeal with the
Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) which is an independent quasi-judicial agency in the Executive
branch which hears cases involving disciplinary actions against federal
employees and certain USPS workers.
Appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board
When you file an appeal with the MSPB challenging any of the above adverse
actions, your case will be reviewed through the use of the Douglas Factors,
based on a MSPB case (Douglas vs. Veterans Administration). These factors
comprise the criteria of evaluation that will be used by the Deciding
Official in determining whether the action taken against you (suspension,
termination, or demotion) was appropriate in light of the charges and
allegations of misconduct levied against you and whether the proposed
penalty promotes efficiency in federal civil service.
Many factors exist in the Douglas Factors, including such considerations
as the nature and seriousness of your offense, your past disciplinary
record, your overall work record, your type and level of job, how the
penalty given you relates to penalties given to others under similar circumstances,
your understanding of the rules you violated or the consequences of your
conduct, mitigating circumstances, and many more.
In addition to the Douglas Factor analysis, there are several affirmative
defenses that can be raised in response to a proposed adverse action (like
a suspension or demotion). Common affirmative defenses include, but are
not limited to, allegations of whistleblower retaliation, discrimination,
procedural due process violations, and harmful error. It is best to ask
an experienced federal employment attorney evaluate which affirmative
defenses may be appropriate to argue on your behalf.
Our Washington DC federal employment law attorneys have an unparalleled
work ethic and will tirelessly work to place you in the best strategic
position under the circumstances and to achieve a positive case outcome
in your appeal, regardless of the severity of charges against you. The
firm has extensive experience in representing federal employees before
the MSPB and with managing the David and Goliath complex that often times
emerges in litigation against the Country’s largest employer, the
United States Government.
Contact a Washington DC Federal Employment Lawyer
at the firm for experienced legal representation in any adverse action
taken against you as a federal employee.