When a government employee is issued a proposed or actual disciplinary or adverse action, nothing is more important than understanding your rights and finding someone who can help you protect them. Federal and state government employees have many additional rights and are provided legal protections that do not exist in the private sector. Prior to taking any disciplinary action, federal and state employers must follow very strict protocols, statutes and regulations to protect the rights of employees. Most government employees may challenge certain disciplinary actions and proposed removals through an appeal to either a Civil Service Board, the Florida Commission on Public Relations (“PERC”), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or the Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”). There are also whistleblower laws that specifically protect federal and state employees against retaliation for making protected disclosures, reporting fraud or assisting others who file complaints. Federal employees subjected to retaliation may pursue a claim through the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) or file a claim with the Office of Special Counsel. A government employee may also have the option of filing a claim with an EEO counselor if it involves unlawful discrimination.
Sharp Law Firm, P.A. is one of the few firms in South Florida that provides comprehensive representation to federal, state, county and local government employees. Christopher Sharp has over 25 years of specialized experience representing government employees who are subject to unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation by their agency, or who are under investigation for misconduct, facing proposed disciplinary or adverse actions for misconduct or poor performance, or appealing or otherwise challenging disciplinary or adverse actions. Federal and state guidelines set forth a comprehensive and complex administrative process for employee claims and appeals that is often difficult to understand. The proceedings move at a rapid pace and can involve complex issues, so it is important to get competent legal advice as soon as possible.
If you feel your rights as a government employee have been violated, we can help. We have handled numerous matters in South Florida and across the country, and bring a unique combination of knowledge, skill, experience, and empathy to each case we handle. We are prepared to discuss your case with you and help you determine how best to move forward.