This is the first post in a series which will discuss the common question of “can federal employees sue for wrongful termination?” The answer to this questions is “yes” but there are many procedures which federal employees must understand. We have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many individuals are unsure of their rights. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will help you make more informed decisions when choosing an employment law attorney.
We will be addressing several issues over our coming articles. Topics which we will discuss include:
- What it means to be “wrongfully terminated” by the Federal Government
- The different options for dealing with such a situation
- Wrongful termination cases based on discrimination by a federal agency
- Wrongful termination cases based on whistleblowing
There are several reasons why those employed by the U.S. Government should understand these topics. First, it is important to recognize that “wrongful termination” is a broad term which speaks to someone losing their job for any reason which violates the law. It is not a separate issue from one being fired due to ethnicity, age, etc. Second, the process of dealing with a case is more complicated for federal employees than it is for many other workers. This is because the termination of a federal worker implicates laws such as the Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) and federal agencies such as the Office of Personnel Management, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Finally, it is important to understand issues in cases based on discrimination or whistleblowing as these are two of the more common issues which employees face.
One point that we cannot stress enough is that you should contact a federal employment law attorney immediately if you believe that you have been fired for an illegal purpose. You only have a limited amount of time in which to bring a claim against your employer and, if you fail to take action within this time frame, then you will lose your right to do so. Our Atlanta attorneys assist federal employees throughout the United States who have been terminated for a wrongful reason. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.