Representing Federal Government Workers in Florida
Who Are Notified of Proposed Removal or Discipline
Employees of the U.S. government have many employment rights that exceed those of private sector workers. One of the most important protections is the right to due process if your federal agency employer intends to terminate or discipline you. You are entitled to advance notice and a reasonable opportunity to counter the allegations and the proposed punishment.
At Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., we champion the rights of federal government employees and will fight to preserve your job and avoid or minimize an adverse employment action against you. Our experienced federal employee rights lawyers can also take your case to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) if your case is not resolved favorably at this stage.
Our firm welcomes federal employees based in Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Miami and throughout the state of Florida. If you have received notice of proposed discipline or removal (termination), contact us today for consultation.
Federal government employers must honor your due process rights under federal employment law before acting on removal, suspension, demotion or reprimand:
- There must be just cause for the employment action (performance or conduct)
- You must be notified in writing of the intended action and the grounds for it.
- You must be given time, usually 15 days, to respond to the proposal.
- If the employer does carry out the action anyway, you can file a claim with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
Our lawyers will investigate and draft a detailed response, countering the employer's allegations and emphasizing your contributions and value to the organization. Our goal is to convince the employer not to take action. We will also raise mitigating factors or suggest alternative penalties if removal or suspension is an inordinate punishment.
Proactive Representation to Protect What You Have Worked For
A suspension or reprimand can prevent you from obtaining security clearances or getting promotions. A demotion or removal from your position could cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary, benefits and federal pension money. We are here to represent you if your federal employer has already taken action. However, we have had notable results in challenging proposed sanctions or removal at the earliest stages of the disciplinary process.
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Please contact our firm to speak with an experienced employment lawyer. We offer strategic and results-driven legal services to federal employees in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, the Tampa Bay area, Orlando, Miami and statewide Florida.