Negotiating a severance package after wrongful termination

Hearing the words, “You’re fired” can be every employee’s worst nightmare. Washington, D.C., employees who are let go from their jobs may find that their emotions run the gamut from anger to sadness to fear. This is especially true when an employee has been wrongfully terminated, that is, laid off for unlawful reasons such as retaliation, sexual harassment or illegal discrimination.

When an employee has been wrongfully terminated, he or she may want to take legal action against his or her employer. However, in some cases it may be possible for employees to negotiate a severance package in lieu of litigation. An attorney can advise individuals in these situations about whether a severance package or litigation makes the most sense in their case.

There are some strategies that can be employed when negotiating a severance package. For example, there is no need to rush into an offer. Take time to keep your emotions in check and think about the offer before agreeing to it. There is no need to take the very first offer you are presented with. Staying on the payroll for as long as you can may be beneficial. In addition, one can ask for the offer to be placed in writing. Moreover, in addition to severance pay, one can negotiate that one’s medical insurance benefits be extended.

Although it is a very stressful situation to be in, employees who have been wrongfully terminated do have options that they may want to discuss with an attorney. With the right help, individuals can determine whether they can pursue a legal claim or negotiate a severance package. There may be other options available to them as well that an attorney can help explain.

What Do I Do If The Office Of Inspector General Wants To Interview Me?

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is a federal agency that investigates fraud, waste and other alleged misconduct, including job nonperformance, by government employees. If you are under OIG investigation, or if the OIG has called you in for an interview, it is important to know what is at stake. In addition to facing potential discipline from your employer, if the OIG believes you are involved in criminal activity, it could forward its report to the Justice Department for prosecution.

You have the right to an attorney when meeting with representatives of the OIG. It is critical to exercise this right at the earliest opportunity. At Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C., our law firm has a record of vigorously defending the rights of federal employees facing all types of allegations. We understand the unique nature of federal laws protecting employees, and will use this knowledge to protect you.

How Does An OIG Interview Work?

While the OIG cannot force you to answer questions in an interview, your supervisor can enforce disciplinary actions if you refuse to interview with the OIG. In fact, in an OIG interview, employees can only refuse to answer questions if the answers to such questions could be used against them in criminal proceedings. The lawyer you select can make a dramatic impact in the way this matter is resolved.

If you are under OIG investigation, one of our attorneys will advise you throughout the OIG interview to help you comply with the investigation while presenting your case in the best light. Should the OIG recommend employment discipline, we can represent you in a hearing before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Every step we take is aimed toward helping you minimize the possible adverse consequences of this investigation.

Contact Alan Lescht & Associates, P.C.

From our office in Washington D.C., we represent federal employees throughout Maryland, Virginia and beyond. Our lawyers and staff will do everything possible within the law to protect your rights and your employment.