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  • How to Appeal a Security Clearance Denial

    Thousands of jobs in the federal government require a security clearance in order to perform their essential functions. Getting these clearances is an extensive process that requires paperwork, background checks, and much more. Getting more advanced clearances requires even more thorough investigations and stringent requirements, and for some people this could be a huge barrier to advancing in ...
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  • What to Do After Filing a Workplace Discrimination Charge

    Workplace discrimination is becoming increasingly less common thanks to the immense number of laws that prevent employers from taking adverse actions against workers for things like whistleblowing on unethical conduct, requesting a raise, or working with other employees to unionize. However, these instances still do exist and you do have the right to hold your employer accountable when they happen ...
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  • How EEOC Complaints Work

    If you plan to file a formal complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) , you will need to do so within 15 days after you have been given notice from your EEO Counselor about how to file. This notice should be sent after you have had a final interview with the EEO Counselor. The complaint has to be filed at the same EEO office that you received counseling from. The ...
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  • What Are My Rights as a Whistleblower?

    A person is considered a "whistleblower" if they report a violation of the law by their employer. There are legal protections in place to help protect the rights of workers who report their employer’s workplace violations or discriminatory practices. The federal government and states have laws which protect whistleblowers from unjust retaliation for filing a claim or reporting their employer’s ...
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  • What You Should & Shouldn't See on a Performance Improvement Plan

    Federal places of employments, such as agencies and political offices, typically set strict standards and expectations for employees. Any consistent or egregious deviation from the expectations could lead to a supervisor or superior calling for a Performance Improvement Plan ( PIP ). The purpose of a PIP is allowing an employee to fix behavioral problems without being immediately and harshly ...
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  • Under What Circumstances Would I File a Complaint with the OSC?

    Federal employees encountering questionable behavior and actions on part of their superiors and supervisors, and even their coworkers, can often wonder how to set things right. Many know that the Office of Special Counsel ( OSC ) exists to hear and judge complaints of wrongdoing, violations, and prohibited personnel practices (PPP). But many also do not know when the OSC can be called upon for ...
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  • Can MSPB Award Punitive Damages?

    The Merit Systems Protection Board ( MSPB ) is tasked with reviewing appeals filed for discrimination, whistleblowing retaliation , and various forms of Prohibited Personnel Practice within federal agencies. Using its authority, the MSPB decides if the discipline was unjust or within acceptable guidelines. If the discipline or discrimination is found to be unjust, the MSPB must also choose how the ...
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  • 5 of the Most Common Employment Complaints

    Employers have the responsibility of always following state- and federal-level employment laws and regulations, as well as taking reasonable steps to ensure their employees do as well. When the regulations and expectations are not followed and met, the result can be a serious legal issue that leads to an official complaint. Most complaints can be categorized as an Equal Employment Opportunity ...
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  • Federal Employee Investigations: What to Expect & How to React

    Places of federal employment are typically quite strict when it comes to following regulations and codes of conduct. Any sort of deviation from acceptable standards will be questionable, and egregious violations could even trigger a federal employee investigation conducted by the parent agency. A federal agency may decide to start an investigations due to reports of: Discrimination against a ...
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  • Can You Be Fired for Talking About Salary While at Work?

    How much do you make for the work you perform? Are you confident you are being paid a fair amount for it? Such questions are common in the mind of employees in all fields and businesses, from the teenager working the register in a candy store to a high level executive in a multinational corporation. A simple way to find out if you are being paid correctly and fairly is talking about your salary or ...
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  • What to Do After Receiving Proposed Disciplinary Action

    If you are a federal employee who has been subject to investigation and have received a proposed disciplinary action, our DC federal employment attorneys of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law want to help you respond. This is a critical circumstance, and it is essential you plan your next few steps accordingly. As a federal employee in this particular situation, you may be facing demotion, ...
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  • What is Whistleblowing?

    If you are a federal employee , it makes sense you would one day come across a situation in which you believe illegal activity is occurring--whether it be a waste of funds, abuse of authority, mismanagement, threat to public health and safety, etc. In such scenarios, it would be best for you to report anything you see in the name of upholding your moral code and keeping people responsible.This is ...
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  • What Do I Need to Know Before I File My USERRA Claim?

    The goal of USERRA is to protect uniformed service members from their prior employers by eliminating any related job risks. After deployment, members of the U.S. uniformed services are entitled to return to their jobs. While this law is commonly known, you should still be aware that it does not protect you from job misconduct and does not cover all disputes that might arise with an employer. You ...
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  • How Do I File an MSPB Appeal?

    To file an MSPB appeal, you’ll need to visit the e-appeal online website and use the interactive application. The website provides information regarding how to properly complete your application and can help walk you through your claim. There is also an appeal form you can download if you prefer to complete a paper application instead. Your application can be submitted by mail, fax, or delivery. ...
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  • The Federal Sector EEO Complaint Process

    Federal agencies are forbidden from discriminating in their hiring processes based on things like race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, and a number of other factors thanks to Equal Employment Opportunity legislation (EEO). While this has been the law for quite some time, there are still instances in which this discrimination occurs. If you feel as though you have been the ...
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