While employment agreements are usually entered into in order to protect both the employee and the employer's interests, in fact employment contracts in Washington, D.C., can be very complex. In this next series of posts, we will go over various provisions that may be present in an employment contract.
If an individual in Washington, D.C., learns that another individual is defrauding the United States government, this can be very disturbing information. Individuals may feel like they need to take action against such unethical activities, but may not know where to start. To begin with, let's discuss the False Claim Acts and how it allows individuals to bring a qui tam action against those who commit wrongdoing against the federal government.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump is well known for his "Your fired!" catchphrase from the reality TV show The Apprentice. He would live up to that slogan by making it easier to fire federal employees if he gets elected in November.
Nepotism is common in the private sector - especially among small, family-run businesses. But in government jobs, it's a conflict of interest that could derail your career.
Federal employees in Washington, D.C., are protected not only by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also by the Merit System Protection Board. The mission of the Merit System Protection Board is to protect certain principles under the law and promote a executive branch workforce that is free of Prohibited Personnel Practices. While this blog has touched on Prohibited Personnel Practices in the past, today we are going to take a step back and go over what the Merit System Principles are.
Coming into the national spotlight in recent days, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is suing Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes on charges of sexual harassment. Specifically, Carlson accuses Ailes of derailing her career after she refused to partake in a sexual relationship with him. This refusal, according to Carlson, caused Ailes to take important interviews from her, limit her network media support and be reassigned from the show Fox & Friends to a less important anchoring position on an afternoon show, all while taking a pay cut.
Federal employees and contractors often have a unique window into the inner workings of the government. As a result of that perspective, they are sometimes the first to stumble across ethical or legal violations. Federal whistleblowers play a critical role in holding government agencies and authorities accountable.
As the name implies, a whistleblower is someone who publicly discloses the criminal activity or other misconduct of their employer without their employer's consent. In most cases, the act of blowing the whistle is dangerous for an employee, as they have put their employer in the spotlight in a negative way. Because of this, there are measures in place to protect the whistleblower if they encounter retaliation as a result of the whistleblower activity.
Alan Lescht and Associates, P.C., recently won an important victory in a discrimination case against the federal government. As reported in Bloomberg BNA, a federal appellate court sided with the firm in concluding that the lawsuit shouldn't have been dismissed.
Job applicants in Washington D.C. may have their resumes polished, and expect that they will receive fair treatment when seeking a job. In general, federal law has made the use of discriminatory employment tests illegal. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination that causes either "disparate impact" or "disparate treatment." Let's explore what these two phrases mean.
It happens all too often. A once profitable company in Washington, D.C., finds it is losing too much money due to increased competition, falling sales or any other number of reasons. Due to these factors, the company determines that it has to let part of its workforce go. When a worker loses their job through no fault of their own, he or she might be offered a severance package. However, it might be wise to consult with an attorney before accepting a severance deal.
When a consultant in Washington, D.C., and his or her client decide to bring the consultant on as a full time employee of the client, it can be seen as a lucrative move for both the consultant and the client. However, situations like this and others reveal that there are times when an individual would be wise to enter into an employment contract prior to being hired.