Have you been unfairly suspended or terminated as a federal employee? If so, it’s important that you understand you have rights, including the ability to file an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Our attorneys represent federal employees in all stages of the discipline and suspension process and in all 50 states, and can help you protect your rights.
Federal suspension is a severe federal disciplinary action that may be the result of alleged misconduct and prior reprimands by an employer that did not result in a change in the federal employee’s behavior or work ethic. By law, a government agency must give written notice of a federal suspension 30 days before any action is imposed. The notice should describe the charges, the evidence supporting the action, and state the employee’s rights and date on which they are permitted to reply to the charges. A failure to adhere to these rules could result in the suspension being overturned by the MSPB court.
Following the initial notice of suspension, it could take several months or years for the action to actually take effect. If a suspension takes effect, an employee can file an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). An Administrative Judge will decide whether the suspension stands, if it will be overturned, or if another less severe federal disciplinary action will be taken. We highly recommend consulting with an attorney experienced with federal suspensions and MSPB law at every stage in the process to ensure your rights are protected.
At Melville Johnson, P.C., our attorneys are well-versed in federal employment law and have defended countless MSPB cases throughout the country. Give us a call today for a consultation. We’ll be happy to talk with you, evaluate your case, and assess what steps to take next. We look forward to hearing from you!