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Disciplinary and Adverse Actions

Federal Employment Attorneys Handle Disciplinary Actions

If you are a federal employee accused of misconduct, obtain experienced legal help. This is a highly complicated area of the law based on the unique set of facts in each case. Your agency could choose to take disciplinary or adverse action from the results of a formal investigation or from other allegations or claims made against you.

You usually have a right to challenge the course of action your employer chooses to take. At Passman & Kaplan, P.C., we have more than 20 years of experience advocating for federal workers. Whether you are accused of falsifying federal information, misusing government property or performing poorly, we know how to secure your legal rights. Contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation with a highly skilled federal employment lawyer in Washington, D.C.

Advocating for Employees Facing Disciplinary and Adverse Actions

If you are facing allegations of wrongdoing or poor work performance, your employer could respond with either disciplinary or adverse actions. A disciplinary action could take the form of a 14-day suspension, a written warning or additional training. Allegations considered more serious are punishable with adverse actions, such as:

  • Suspension of 15 days or more
  • Demotions or downgrades
  • Removals or terminations

Our firm's federal employment law attorneys have an extensive background handling adverse actions before the Merit Systems Protection Board or in arbitration for union members. We have a clear understanding of the steps employers must follow before taking action against federal employees.

Federal agencies are required to provide most employees with a formal notice before implementing disciplinary or adverse action. Most federal employees have a right to reply to these allegations, orally and in writing, but the time period to reply may be as short as seven days. If you are under investigation, or have been served with a proposed disciplinary or adverse action, entrust our law firm to protect your rights.

Challenging Disciplinary and Adverse Actions Nationwide

We will not hesitate to challenge the disciplinary or adverse actions based on any procedural errors or violations of your constitutional rights. If your agency failed to provide you with appropriate notice, we will challenge the allegations against you based on a due process violation.

We will also advocate for the allegations to be dropped based on a lack of evidence or contradictory information. If the allegations cannot be dropped, we will seek to negotiate for a reduction in disciplinary action based on how similar cases have been handled. If litigation is necessary, we will competently represent you to achieve a just result. We will take all appropriate measures to challenge or mitigate any disciplinary or adverse action.

Contact Our Adverse Action Lawyers

If you are facing disciplinary or adverse action, contact us online or call 202-789-0100. Clients in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia are welcome to schedule a consultation at our law office located in Washington, D.C. We also offer long-distance consultations for federal employees nationwide and abroad.

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