Security Clearance Denial, Suspension or Revocation
Attorneys for Federal Employees in New York State
More than ever, security clearance is a prerequisite or important consideration in federal government jobs, even if you do not work in a defense, intelligence, law enforcement or security field. The right security clearance can literally and figuratively open doors. On the other hand, a suspension or revocation of your security level can close the door on advancement or cost you your job.
The employee rights lawyers of Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., have specific experience in federal employment law, including security clearance proceedings and related disciplinary proceedings. We represent federal workers across all federal agencies, from administrative decisions on security clearance to formal proceedings such as personal appearances and hearings.
Our lawyers can represent federal government employees of New York City and Long Island, Albany and upstate New York, Buffalo and statewide. Contact us today for a consultation.
Security clearance applies to classified information and/or permission to enter restricted areas. The majority of federal security clearances fall under the jurisdiction of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). However, each branch of government and each federal agency has additional layers of standards and regulations that must be addressed.
The experienced employee rights attorneys of Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., have counseled clients and litigated security clearance cases across the spectrum:
- Initial security clearance
- Upgrades in clearance level
- Red flags on pre-employment background checks or periodic review
- Proposed revocation or suspension of security clearance
- Appeals of revoked, suspended or downgraded status
- Adverse employment actions that threaten security clearance
Protecting Your Clearance, Your Career and Your Retirement
A federal employee whose security clearance is denied, suspended or revoked is entitled to a justification in writing called a statement of reason (SOR). Common reasons for rejecting or terminating clearance include financial problems, addictions, fraud or theft, assault, viewing pornography at work and other misconduct or personal issues that could make you a security threat.
Our attorneys use the SOR as the basis to challenge the adverse security clearance action. We assemble character witnesses, respond in detail to the allegations, present mitigating factors and negotiate on your behalf to preserve your current security clearance or achieve your desired status. We can represent you in personal appearances and hearings, and we can appeal an adverse ruling to federal court.
We do understand that everything you have achieved and accrued as a federal employee hangs in the balance. Our attorneys have more than 20 years of focused experience in these matters and we are committed to protecting your interests.
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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 the NYC Metro area and Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District, and in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and throughout New York state.