If you are a federal employee dealing with possible removal, termination, or other disciplinary action, you’ve come to the right place. with many years of combined experience representing clients in all 50 states in front of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the law firm of Melville Johnson, P.C. has the experience and expertise to vigorously protect your rights and make sure your interests are protected.
While federal government employees often have more job security than private sector employees, unfortunately that does not mean they are fully protected from being removed or terminated. A decision to remove an employee from a position at a government agency is a serious matter, but it is important to note that the decision is not necessarily final or irreversible. There are numerous rules and regulations regarding federal removal which must be adhered to, depending on the federal agency and the employee’s position.
Terminating a federal employee may be legal in many situations. For instance, employees may be terminated if a federal agency must reduce their workforce due to budget cuts or there is no longer a need for the employee’s position. In addition, a federal agency is allowed to terminate an employee if there are allegations of poor performance or misconduct, but there must be evidence of substandard performance on file and a proper warning must be issued to the employee in writing. If this is not done correctly or if it is not done at all, you may be entitled to your job back, plus back pay.
If a federal agency does not follow standard procedure or if an employee is otherwise removed unjustly, the employee is entitled to file an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board. If you are in this situation, it is crucial that you consult with a lawyer familiar with the MSPB and federal removal process. This should be done as soon as you are notified of the removal or termination, since timing is of the essence when filing an appeal. You should know your rights and be completely informed as to what remedies you are entitled under federal law.
Our federal removal and MSPB attorneys can help. We represent employees in all 50 states and government agencies, and are glad to offer legal consultations to government employees dealing with removal from their position. Contact us today – we look forward to talking with you!