Federal Disciplinary & Adverse Actions

Federal_Discipline_AttorneysIf you are a Federal employee facing a disciplinary or adverse action, we are here to help. With over 30 years experience representing Federal employees at all stages of the discipline process, we understand that it can be a stressful, complicated process, and we are here to preserve your rights and vigorously defend you throughout the process. While a negative outcome could result in suspension, removal or more, if your appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board is successful a judge can award a full range of remedies, including reinstatement of your employment, promotion, back pay, reimbursement of lost benefits, damages for emotional distress, compensation for attorney’s fees, and more.


The process will begin with an employee investigation, continue with a written proposal and right to reply, and then proceed to the discipline stage. Regardless of the decision, you have significant rights as a Federal employee, including the right to appeal the disciplinary action to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). decision.

At Melville Johnson, P.C., our lawyers have over 30 years of experience defending Federal employees against alleged misconduct or poor performance during the investigation stage, discipline stage, and appeals stage in front of the MSPB.

Types of Conduct That Can Result In Disciplinary & Adverse Actions

  • Conduct Unbecoming a Federal Employee
  • Falsifying Federal Information
  • Violation of Prohibited Personnel Practices
  • Violence or Harassment in the Workplace
  • Insubordination
  • Negligence
  • Misuse of Government Property
  • Misuse of a Government Owned Vehicle
  • Failure to Follow Supervisor Orders
  • Poor Performance Issues

Types of Actions

Disciplinary actions are considered less severe than an Adverse action. A lesser disciplinary action can result in written warnings or suspensions. A more severe action is called an “Adverse action”, which could result in suspensions

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Notified Of An Investigation Or Of Proposed Disciplinary Action?

Early intervention is key. If you’ve been notified of a pending investigation, there are a number of steps you can take to help protect yourself, and we recommend consulting with one of our experienced MSPB & Federal Employment Attorneys about your specific situation. Having represented thousands of Federal employees for over 30 years, we know how important it is that employees treat notices of investigation or disciplinary action seriously – our law firm may be able to help you reply to the allegations, negotiate a solution that preserves your career and your record, file a complaint or grievance if you received unfair treatment, or file an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).


Before undergoing any federal investigation, we recommend that you consult with experienced federal discipline attorneys who have past successes defending employees in MSPB court. Our attorneys are committed to defending the rights of government employees with the utmost care and dedication, ensuring that your rights are preserved throughout the process. For more information, take a look at our Attorney Bios and Client Testimonials, or give us a call today for your Consultation. We look forward to working with you!

Successfully litigated against all federal agencies for 24 years, has brought cases before most circuit courts of appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court on behalf of federal employees he has represented.