Discuss Your Legal Rights with a Federal Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Arizona

If you lost your federal job in Arizona and believe that your termination was wrongful, you should discuss your legal rights with a lawyer promptly. Federal employees are entitled to several job-related protections—and if you were not fully afforded these protections, you may be entitled to reinstatement, lost pay or other remedies. An Arizona federal wrongful termination lawyer at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford can help you assert your legal rights, and we encourage you to contact us promptly for a confidential consultation.

What is Wrongful Termination?

The termination of a federal worker’s employment is considered “wrongful” if it violates federal law or policy. Generally speaking, federal law prohibits the termination of a worker’s employment if the termination is discriminatory or retaliatory, if it constitutes a prohibited personnel practice, or if it violates the worker’s right to due process.

As a federal employee, you might not necessarily know whether your termination was wrongful. The law is complex, and federal employees are entitled to different protections based on their tenure, position and other factors. Additionally, terminated federal employees often won’t have access to direct evidence that their termination was wrongful. Even so, this evidence may exist, and an experienced Arizona federal wrongful termination lawyer may be able to prove that you have a claim.

Was it Really Wrongful Termination?

While federal employees enjoy many job-related protections, these protections are not absolute. The federal government can lawfully terminate its employees in many circumstances. Some of the most common valid reasons for termination of federal workers’ jobs include:

  • Termination during the federal worker’s probationary period (employees’ job-related protections are limited while they are on probation)
  • Termination based on misconduct
  • Termination based on poor performance

But, even when the termination of a federal employee’s position is justified, the employee is still entitled to due process. If the federal government does not follow all of the procedural requirements for validly terminating an employee’s position, termination of the employee’s position can still be classified as wrongful.

Additionally, under federal law, “misconduct” and “poor performance” have very specific definitions. Federal employers must be able to establish specific grounds for terminating employees’ positions that comply with federal law. In some cases, managers and supervisors may also fabricate misconduct allegations or write false poor performance reviews, or they may attempt to use misconduct or poor performance as a pretext for engaging in a prohibited personnel practice. As a result, regardless of why you were told you were being terminated, it is still worth speaking with a federal wrongful termination lawyer about your legal rights.

Wrongful Termination Cases the Firm Handles

Our firm handles all types of wrongful termination cases on behalf of federal employees in Arizona. If you believe that your termination was wrongful for any reason, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers in confidence. An Arizona wrongful termination lawyer at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford can help you understand your situation and make informed decisions about what to do next.

Some examples of the types of federal wrongful termination cases we handle include:

  • Discriminatory Termination – Federal law prohibits termination of federal employees based on protected characteristics. If you were terminated because of your age (if 40 or older), color, race, sex, gender identity, religion, marital status, political affiliation, or any other protected characteristic, you have clear legal rights.
  • Retaliatory Termination – Federal law also prohibits retaliation against federal employees who exercise their legal rights. For example, if you were fired after standing up for a coworker who was being victimized or for reporting fraud, waste or abuse within your federal agency, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.  
  • Termination Involving Other Prohibited Personnel Practices – Along with discrimination and retaliation, wrongful termination cases can also involve a variety of other prohibited personnel practices. These include nepotism, refusal to participate in political activities and violations of merit system principles, among others.
  • Violation of Federal Employees’ Right to Due Process – Federal employees can also pursue wrongful termination claims when their federal employers violate their right to due process. If you were not afforded the opportunity to fight to protect your job in accordance with federal law, our lawyers can walk you through the options you have available.

What if you aren’t sure your termination was wrongful? That’s completely fine. Most current and former federal employees come to us because they have questions about their legal rights. An Arizona federal wrongful termination lawyer at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford can assess the circumstances surrounding your termination and help you decide whether to file a claim against the government.

Hiring Our Wrongful Termination Lawyers

While many individuals are apprehensive about hiring a lawyer, it is important that you seek legal representation if you think you may be a victim of wrongful termination. At The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, we provide straightforward answers, and we make working with a lawyer as simple and stress-free as possible. We understand what it’s like to be in your situation, and we know that you are dealing with a very difficult set of circumstances. We’re here to help, and we will do everything we can to protect your legal rights as efficiently as possible.

Getting started is simple: Contact us for a confidential consultation, and we will arrange for you to speak with an experienced Arizona wrongful termination lawyer one-on-one as soon as possible. Your lawyer will explain your rights, discuss your options and outline your next steps, and then you can use this information to make informed decisions with your best interests in mind.

Contact Our Federal Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Arizona

Would you like to speak with a federal wrongful termination lawyer in Arizona? If so, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, please call 410-514-6099 or tell us how we can reach you online today.