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DC Office of Employee Appeals

DC Office of Employee Appeals
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Alan Lescht and Associates successfully represents DC government employees in matters before the DC Office of Employee Appeals (OEA).

What is the DC Office of Employee Appeals?

District government employees may appeal certain personnel actions, including suspensions, demotions, and terminations, to the Office of Employee Appeals (OEA). Administrative Judges (AJs) within the OEA will make a decision about whether your suspension, demotion, or termination was wrongful.

 What are my rights?

If you are a District employee and you were wrongfully demoted, suspended, or terminated, you have rights. Within 30 days of the adverse action, you must file an appeal with the OEA. The OEA will serve a copy of the petition for appeal on the agency, who will file a response. The case will then be assigned to an Administrative Judge for a hearing and decision. If a hearing is held, each party will present evidence and have an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses. The Administrative Judge will consider all evidence presented at the hearing and issue an Initial Decision.


An unfavorable Initial Decision can be appealed to the OEA Board or to the DC Superior Court. If you appeal your decision to the Board, a panel of judges will decide whether the Initial Decision should be reversed.


At any time before a decision, the parties can request mediation. If this happens, the appeal is referred to the OEA Mediation and Conciliation Program and a mediator is assigned to handle the case. If the case does not settle at mediation, the OEA resumes processing of the appeal.

Why should I hire Alan Lescht and Associates?

If you are the victim of discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, or retaliation, we can help. Our attorneys will work with you to evaluate your case, discuss your options, and develop a strategy to assert your rights. We represent state and local government employees in connection with:

  • Filing a Petition for Appeal
  • Appealing an OEA Initial Decision
  • Conducting hearings before an OEA Administrative Judge
  • OEA mediation
  • Filing a lawsuit in DC Superior Court

Send us an email or call us at (202) 463-6036 to speak with an experienced employment attorney. Alan Lescht and Associates offers strategic and results-driven legal services to state and local government employees in Washington, DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia.

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