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  • Conduct Investigations

    The latest posts for Conduct Investigations are listed below.
    • How to Document Sexual Harassment

      Sexual harassment in the workplace—whether federal or not—is a huge problem. Every year, thousands of incidents are reported. But, unfortunately, many more incidents occur without notice because the victims are afraid to take action. Who will believe their story? How will they prove their case in the courtroom? The main issue for many sexual harassment victims is that they think that they’re all ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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, ...

    Disciplinary Actions

    The latest posts for Disciplinary Actions are listed below.
    • How to Document Sexual Harassment

      Sexual harassment in the workplace—whether federal or not—is a huge problem. Every year, thousands of incidents are reported. But, unfortunately, many more incidents occur without notice because the victims are afraid to take action. Who will believe their story? How will they prove their case in the courtroom? The main issue for many sexual harassment victims is that they think that they’re all ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    EEOC

    The latest posts for EEOC are listed below.
    • What is Constructive Discharge?

      Whether it is a federal discrimination or termination case, many federal employees are curious about the concept of constructive discharge and if it may apply to their case. A constructive discharge occurs when an employer wrongfully makes working conditions so intolerable that the employee is either forced to resign or retire by involuntary means. Common examples of constructive discharge in the ...
    • How to Document Sexual Harassment

      Sexual harassment in the workplace—whether federal or not—is a huge problem. Every year, thousands of incidents are reported. But, unfortunately, many more incidents occur without notice because the victims are afraid to take action. Who will believe their story? How will they prove their case in the courtroom? The main issue for many sexual harassment victims is that they think that they’re all ...
    • How Can I Prove Employer Retaliation?

      Retaliation occurs quite commonly in the workplace, particularly at the level of the federal government. As an employee who has complained about possible discrimination, fraud, mismanagement of funds, harassment, or government waste, you may be fearful of a possible punitive response. This, however, is entirely illegal, and if you find yourself a victim of employer retaliation, it is vital you ...

    Employee Complaints

    The latest posts for Employee Complaints are listed below.
    • Can I File a Defamation Lawsuit Against My Former Employer?

      Defamation occurs when a person makes an intentionally false statement which harms another. It is considered a personal injury, meaning you may be eligible for damages for both financial losses and emotional distress. When a statement is made orally, it is called slander. By contrast, a written statement is called libel. In a job context, the defendant is often an employer or a former employer. ...
    • What Facts Do I Need to Know About Whistleblower Cases?

      If you are aware of someone who has defrauded the government or violated labor laws, you should consider becoming a whistleblower. Becoming a whistle blower is not only the ethical thing to do, but you might also be substantially rewarded for making corruption and fraud known to the public. There are numerous protections and incentives place to encourage people to report any questionable actions ...
    • 3 Federal Laws Employees Need to Know About

      Many of the rights that employees enjoy today came into place because of the efforts made by workers’ rights protesters back in the 19th century and the early days of our industrialized economy. Before this, holidays were unheard of, and both children and adults slaved away for more than 16 hours a day, slept in work houses on factory property, and were barely fed enough food to keep themselves ...

    FAQ

    The latest posts for FAQ are listed below.
    • What Facts Do I Need to Know About Whistleblower Cases?

      If you are aware of someone who has defrauded the government or violated labor laws, you should consider becoming a whistleblower. Becoming a whistle blower is not only the ethical thing to do, but you might also be substantially rewarded for making corruption and fraud known to the public. There are numerous protections and incentives place to encourage people to report any questionable actions ...
    • 3 Federal Laws Employees Need to Know About

      Many of the rights that employees enjoy today came into place because of the efforts made by workers’ rights protesters back in the 19th century and the early days of our industrialized economy. Before this, holidays were unheard of, and both children and adults slaved away for more than 16 hours a day, slept in work houses on factory property, and were barely fed enough food to keep themselves ...
    • 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 ...

    Federal Employment Law

    The latest posts for Federal Employment Law are listed below.
    • What is Constructive Discharge?

      Whether it is a federal discrimination or termination case, many federal employees are curious about the concept of constructive discharge and if it may apply to their case. A constructive discharge occurs when an employer wrongfully makes working conditions so intolerable that the employee is either forced to resign or retire by involuntary means. Common examples of constructive discharge in the ...
    • DOJ Releases New Sexual Harassment Guidelines

      In response to a 48-page report issued last year by Michael E. Horowitz (general inspector for the Department of Justice) that detailed harassment, assault, and sexual misconduct, the DOJ has issued directives to address sexual harassment earlier this month. Written by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, and two other officials in his office, the directives aim to ensure that the DOJ ...
    • Federal Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

      As a federal employee, you are protected in more ways than one. One of the primary ways you are protected is through the Federal Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, which Congress passed in 1989. Our DC federal employment attorney of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorney at Law will help determine whether or not your rights have been violated according to the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we ...

    Hatch Act

    The latest posts for Hatch Act are listed below.
    • How to File an OSC Complaint

      The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) handles complaints made by federal employees against federal agencies or supervisors regarding prohibited personal practices and violations of the Hatch Act. These complaints frequently involve retaliatory action against whistleblowers. They may also involve complaints against employees holding specific government positions that are forbidden from engaging in ...
    • What is the Hatch Act & Why Is It Important?

      One of the Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) as established by the United States Merit Systems Protection Board is coercing political activity. This PPP is heavily influenced by the Hatch Act, which was formed with the direct intent to keep biased political influence out of the political system of the federal government. In particular, the Hatch Act seeks to stop the creation of an “invincible ...

    Military Defense

    The latest posts for Military Defense are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Do You Always Have to Follow Your Superior's Orders?

      If you belong to the United States Military, or act as an agent for most other government entities, you are expected to follow a chain of command (COC) and respect the orders of your superiors. There are also times when you must obey the commands of a superior officer or agent from a government branch that is not even your own. The COC is meant to keep the military and the federal government ...
    • Possible Defenses for Going AWOL

      Members of the United States Military are expected to fulfil their orders to the best of their abilities whenever possible, regardless of the intensity or danger of the situation. For many soldiers, this often means staying at their post and being there for their comrades when they are needed most. If a soldier or military member is not where they are expected by commanding officers, they are ...

    MSPB

    The latest posts for MSPB are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • How to File an OSC Complaint

      The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) handles complaints made by federal employees against federal agencies or supervisors regarding prohibited personal practices and violations of the Hatch Act. These complaints frequently involve retaliatory action against whistleblowers. They may also involve complaints against employees holding specific government positions that are forbidden from engaging in ...

    OSC

    The latest posts for OSC are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    PIP

    The latest posts for PIP are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    PPP

    The latest posts for PPP are listed below.
    • How to File an OSC Complaint

      The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) handles complaints made by federal employees against federal agencies or supervisors regarding prohibited personal practices and violations of the Hatch Act. These complaints frequently involve retaliatory action against whistleblowers. They may also involve complaints against employees holding specific government positions that are forbidden from engaging in ...
    • MSPB Chairman Believes More Gov't Training Needed to Uphold MSPs

      The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is tasked with ensuring federal employments, government agents, and civil servants both understand and adhere to their duties, responsibilities, and ethical guidelines. Within its codes, the MSPB has established nine Merit System Principles (MSP) that an agent should always follow, and thirteen Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that should ...
    • What are Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP)?

      The United States Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has outlined a series of 12 Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP) that federal and government employees, employers, and agencies must avoid. As first mentioned in the Pendleton Act of 1883, the adherence to this set of guidelines and the elimination of PPP throughout the government should assure the faithful, responsible, and fair management ...

    Security Clearance

    The latest posts for Security Clearance are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Why Was My Security Clearance Denied?

      Security clearance grants individuals access to classified national security information. Whether you are a federal employee or a private contractor, your ability to keep your job may depend on achieving security clearance. The process to receive security clearance often involves a background check and application. However, there are many factors that may cause your clearance to be denied. If your ...

    Whistleblower Claims

    The latest posts for Whistleblower Claims are listed below.
    • What Facts Do I Need to Know About Whistleblower Cases?

      If you are aware of someone who has defrauded the government or violated labor laws, you should consider becoming a whistleblower. Becoming a whistle blower is not only the ethical thing to do, but you might also be substantially rewarded for making corruption and fraud known to the public. There are numerous protections and incentives place to encourage people to report any questionable actions ...
    • 3 Federal Laws Employees Need to Know About

      Many of the rights that employees enjoy today came into place because of the efforts made by workers’ rights protesters back in the 19th century and the early days of our industrialized economy. Before this, holidays were unheard of, and both children and adults slaved away for more than 16 hours a day, slept in work houses on factory property, and were barely fed enough food to keep themselves ...
    • 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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