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Wrongful Termination

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Alan Lescht and Associates successfully represents federal government employees in wrongful termination cases.

What is wrongful termination?

The federal government cannot fire you because of your age, color, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, or religion.  It is also illegal for the government to retaliate by firing you because you complained about your employer’s unlawful conduct.

Unlike private sector employees, federal government employees have due process rights.  Before terminating your employment, the federal government must issue you a written Notice of Proposed Removal. A Notice of Proposed Removal must explain the reasons that your employer intends to terminate your employment.  You have a right to respond to the notice, and you are permitted to hire an attorney to help you respond.  If your employer fires you without due process, you may have a claim for wrongful termination. These types of terminations can be appealed to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

What are my rights?

Your rights depend on the specific circumstances in your case.  For example, if you were fired because of your race, you may be able to challenge the wrongful termination by filing an EEO complaint or by filing an appeal with the MSPB.  Alan Lescht and Associates can determine whether you have a claim for wrongful termination and what you can do to seek justice.

Why should I hire Alan Lescht and Associates?

If you are a victim of wrongful termination or were fired without just cause, we can help.  Our attorneys will evaluate your case, explain your options, and develop a strategy to assert your rights. Alan Lescht and Associates represents federal employees in the following wrongful termination matters:

  • EEO and discrimination complaints
  • Office of Special Counsel (OSC) complaints and other administrative complaints
  • Mediation and alternate dispute resolution (ADR)
  • Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals
  • Office of Compliance cases
  • Federal lawsuits
  • Settlement negotiations

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 federal government employees around the world.

 

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Weller v. General Services Administration

MSPB Docket 0752-12-0519-I-1 (2014)

GSA fired our client following the Western Regions Las Vegas Conference scandal in 2013. We appealed his termination to the MSPB and argued that the agency failed to prove that Mr. Weller engaged in conduct unbecoming of a federal employee. MSPB law judge Ronald Weiss reversed Mr. Weller’s termination, and ordered the agency to return him to work. He also awarded our client 19 months’ back pay.

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Bonds v. U.S. Department of Labor

EEOC Case No. 570-2006-00660X

Our client was a GS-14 Department of Labor employee. He is African-American. Our client’s supervisor told him that the agency would give him a non-competitive promotion to a GS-15 position when the incumbent retired. However, the agency later required our client to interview for the position, and did not select him. Instead, it selected a white female employee who was our client’s subordinate. We convinced an EEOC Administrative Judge that the agency’s decision was discriminatory. The judge awarded back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, and attorney’s fees.

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Williams v. U.S. Department of Defense

MSPB Docket No. PH-0752-17-0130-I-1

Our client retained us after receiving a Notice of Proposed Removal for alleged lack of candor. The agency alleged that our client had improperly included a certification on her resume which she did not complete and sustained her removal. We appealed the removal to the MSPB and successfully mitigated the penalty to a suspension. The MSPB also awarded our client’s attorney’s fees.

 

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