Federal employees dedicate their lives to public service. In fact, many of them previously served in the military. They could earn more money working in the private sector. But, they’d rather perform work that’s meaningful. Additionally, federal employment has several advantages over private sector employment. For instance, federal employees cannot be punished without due legal process. In fact, federal employees may file appeals with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) if they suffer adverse personnel actions. If you need to file an MSPB appeal, you should contact an Atlanta MSPB lawyer at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers. Our Atlanta employment dispute lawyers have successfully litigated many MSPB appeals.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill out our online form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta MSPB lawyer.
What Disciplinary Actions Are Appealable?
The MSPB empowers federal employees to challenge prohibited personnel actions. Some of the typical appealable actions include:
- Whistleblower retaliation. You can file an MSPB appeal if your employer punished you for exposing unlawful conduct. You can also file an MSPB appeal if your employer punished you for exposing gross mismanagement of funds or authority abuse.
- Unjustified hiring decisions
- Promotion denials
- Veterans’ preference violations
- Unwarranted personnel actions
How Does The MSPB Appeal Process Work?
Once you file your appeal, it’s assigned to a judge. The judge reviews your appeal to determine if it’s properly pleaded. The judge will dismiss your appeal if it’s deficient. Your case proceeds to a hearing if it isn’t dismissed. During that hearing, the agency must prove that its actions were lawful. You’ll have the opportunity to present rebuttal evidence.
If the judge reverses the agency’s decision, you can usually recover back pay and benefits. Your attorney’s fees and costs are also recoverable. Sometimes, you can even recover compensation for your emotional suffering.
Why Should I Hire An Atlanta MSPB Lawyer?
We urge you to contact an MSPB lawyer if you were harmed by a prohibited personnel action. Don’t proceed on your own. If you do, your appeal will likely fail. The MSPB dismisses 1/3 of appeals before the claimant even has a chance to argue their case. Most of the time those appeals fail because the claimants committed technical pleading errors. Even when self-represented MSPB claimants argue their cases, the MSPB affirms the manager’s decision 98% of the time.
The Atlanta MSPB lawyers at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers have a much better success rate than unrepresented appellants. We’ll fight to get the agency’s decision overturned. Then, we’ll help you recover compensation for your losses.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta MSPB lawyer.