Federal Employee Rights
If you work for the federal government, your job is likely technical, complicated, and may require a security clearance. At Ervin Jewett, P.C., we dedicate a significant portion of our practice to representing federal employees. We represent federal employees on all levels of the career ladder, from those at the very top of the command to those who are just getting started in their federal career. Our law firm provides comprehensive and experienced legal representation to federal workers throughout Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the surrounding communities in Eastern Virginia.
Federal Employee Rights Attorneys in Norfolk
Federal employees are provided legal protections not available to employees in the private sector. Most federal employees cannot be terminated without notice or without cause. Therefore, the Agency must build a case against you before attempting to remove you from your position. If you see the wheels set in motion for your removal, particularly after having a long and successful career, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney experienced in federal sector employment law. We’ll sit down with you, go over your situation, and brainstorm possible solutions.
The Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees against reprisal for making protected disclosures and assisting others in the course of a complaint or grievance right. Federal employees subjected to retaliation may pursue a claim may file a claim with the Office of Special Counsel or, in some circumstances, may pursue a claim through the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). An employee may also have the option of filing a claim with an EEO counselor, if the Agency’s conduct is based on discrimination.
Representing Federal Employees in MSPB Proceedings
Federal employees may challenge certain disciplinary actions and proposed removals through an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. MSPB proceedings move at a rapid pace and often involve complex issues. However, the appeal process is typically the employee's only opportunity to have the government's proposed action overturned.
Virginia Federal Sector EEO Lawyer
Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate or discharge employees due to many factors, including Race, Color, Sex, Religion, Disability, National Origin, and Age. Federal employees are also protected from retaliation for opposing discrimination or for participating in an EEO proceeding. Federal guidelines set forth a comprehensive process for federal employees who wish to pursue a claim.
If you feel your rights as a federal employee have been violated, our Virginia lawyers can help. The grievance process can be long and complicated, making it important to have a competent lawyer by your side. At Ervin Jewett, P.C., our Norfolk federal employee rights attorneys know what it takes to represent you.
If you have a grievance you would like to file as a federal employee or find yourself in the midst of a charge or pre-action investigation, you need a skilled federal employment lawyer to protect your rights. At Ervin Jewett, P.C., in Norfolk, Virginia, our Norfolk federal employee rights attorneys can help. Contact us for a consultation.