In need of time off to take care of a sick family member? Most employees are familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), which entitles employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.
"Federal employees support our troops stateside and abroad, fight crime and terrorism and protect our borders. They combat forest fires, inspect our roads and bridges and ensure our aviation system is the safest in the world. They guard and enhance our national parks and lands, guarantee seniors receive their Social Security benefits and process and deliver mail to every address in every type of weather."
Discrimination can be defined as prejudicial or unfair treatment of a person based on their race, religion, age, sex or healthcare status. Federal employees are protected by law against any such treatment. If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination; as a federal employee there are specific steps that need to be taken before you can file a formal complaint. They are as follows:
Federal employees who are facing disciplinary actions play by a different set of rules than non-federal employees. Disciplinary actions are typically proposed in the form of suspension or removal based on misconduct or unachieved performance goals (failure to comply with a Performance Improvement Plan [PIP]). If you've been proposed with a disciplinary action, it's likely you have questions about what steps to take next. Some of those might include:
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.
In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released proposed guidance on how federal employment laws apply to employee claims of retaliation. This guidance could potentially expand the types of employer actions that constitute illegal retaliation.
Federal employees facing discrimination, harassment or retaliation in the workplace have the right to bring an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint. These complaints can be powerful tools to hold employers accountable and to ensure that federal workplaces are as free as possible of illegal discrimination, harassment or retaliation.
By sending a Notice of Proposed Removal, your agency is informing you that it intends to terminate your employment. As a federal employee, you have rights. You have the right to show your agency why your removal is unreasonable or unwarranted under the circumstances. It is critical to act quickly.
In a nonprecedential decision, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) upheld an administrative judge's decision relating to the discipline of a federal employee. The case, Brown vs. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), involved an employee who was removed on the basis of filing false reports, failing to follow directions and failing to exercise due diligence.