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Nationwide Legal Representation for Federal Employees – Call to Speak with a Federal Employment Lawyer 24/7

Our firm represents federal workers in all employment-related matters. Whether you have experienced harassment or discrimination in the workplace, you are facing suspension or termination, we can help you achieve the outcome you deserve. While federal employees have clear legal rights and are entitled to significant due process, protecting yourself can still prove challenging, so it is important to have an experienced federal employment lawyer on your side.

Claims Handled by a Federal Employment Lawyer at Our Firm

How can we help you? Regardless of the circumstances you are facing, if you work for any agency, department or branch of the federal government, we can use our experience to help make sure you receive all of the benefits and protections to which you are legally entitled. Some examples of matters we handle for federal employees include:

  • Defending against whistleblower retaliation
  • Determining and enforcing eligibility for job-protected and paid leave
  • Fighting adverse employment action at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
  • Harassment and discrimination claims before the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Obtaining reasonable accommodations for federal employees with disabilities
  • Responding to civil and criminal investigations involving the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and other federal law enforcement offices and agencies
  • Responding to investigations and notices involving alleged misconduct and performance deficiencies
  • Protecting federal workers’ jobs during reductions in force (RIFs)
  • Protecting federal workers’ privacy rights and freedoms

If you have any questions about your legal rights as a federal employee, or if you have any concerns about something that has happened (or that you believe is going to happen) at work, we encourage you to get in touch. At the very least, we can help you understand your situation so that you can make informed decisions going forward.

Laws that Protect Federal Workers

There are numerous laws that protect federal government employees in various aspects of their employment. This includes everything from federal employees’ right to equal pay and benefits to federal employees’ right to due process when facing adverse employment action. As a federal employee, you don’t need to know these laws in detail (this simply isn’t feasible), but it is good to know they exist. Simply put, knowing when you have rights allows you to take action to protect them.

We help federal employees at all levels and in all agencies, departments and offices understand and enforce their statutory rights. This includes, but is not limited to, federal employees’ rights under:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) – Prohibits age-based discrimination against federal employees who are 40 or older.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on physical or mental disability.
  • Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) – Prohibits federal agencies from basing personnel actions on attributes or conduct that do not affect performance (i.e., marital status or political affiliation).
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) – Prohibits sex-based wage discrimination among federal employees who perform substantially equal work.
  • Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) – Entitles federal employees to workers’ compensation benefits when they suffer job-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – Requires federal employers to pay minimum wage and overtime.
  • Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – Requires federal employers to provide job-protected leave to qualifying workers.
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) – Prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on participation in union activity.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Prohibits discrimination against federal employees with qualifying disabilities.
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex or national origin.
  • Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) – Prohibits discrimination against federal employees based on military service obligations.
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (VEOA) – Entitles eligible veterans to be considered for certain competitive service positions.
  • Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) – Protects federal employees against retaliation based on their protected disclosure of information about mismanagement, fraud, waste, abuse, or a danger to public health or safety.

Remedies for Improper Disciplinary Action or Other Adverse Employment Action

If the federal government violates your legal rights, what remedies are available to you? The answer to this question depends on the effect (or effects) of the violation. In federal employment matters, remedies are intended to be compensatory in nature, meaning that they are intended to “make you whole” in light of the losses (both financial and non-financial) you have endured.

With this in mind, the remedies available to federal employees for unlawful discrimination, demotion, suspension, removal and other prohibited acts may include:

  • Promotion, change in grade and/or pay raise
  • Reinstatement of federal employment
  • Reinstatement of security clearance
  • Reimbursement for back pay and benefits
  • Damages for emotional distress
  • Purging of adverse employment records

What Should You Do if You Need to Assert Your Legal Rights?

If you need to assert your legal rights as a federal employee, the most important thing you can do is consult with a federal employment lawyer. Unfortunately, asserting your legal rights is not easy. There are strict – and often complicated and complex – rules you need to follow, and making mistakes could lead to additional problems that may be even more difficult to overcome.

At The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford, we can explain everything you need to know, and we can deal with the federal government on your behalf. We will work to resolve your issue as quickly as possible, and we will only do what is necessary to protect you.

Speak with a Federal Employment Lawyer at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford

Do you have questions about your legal rights as a federal employee? If so, we invite you to schedule an initial consultation at The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford. To speak with a federal employment lawyer in confidence as soon as possible, call 410-514-6099 or get in touch with us online now.

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