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Defense for Federal Employees Experiencing Disciplinary Actions

After an employee investigation, federal employers may continue with a proposed disciplinary action if they have found evidence of misconduct. Whether disciplinary action was already proposed or not, early intervention is key. It is during this critical stage that a federal disciplinary action lawyer can advocate for you and prepare an effective written and/or oral reply to your employer.

The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, can help you navigate through each phase, finding ways to shield you from career-damaging actions or mitigate any proposed penalty.

Contact us online or call (202) 350-3881 to get started on your disciplinary action case today.

Common accusations that result in disciplinary action include:

  • Conduct Unbecoming a Federal Employee
  • Lack of Candor or Falsification
  • Prohibited personnel practices
  • Violence or Harassment in the workplace
  • Insubordination/negligence
  • Misuse of government credit card or funds
  • AWOL
  • Suspension of Security Clearances
  • Misuse of a Government Owned Vehicle (GOV)
  • Failure to Follow Supervisor Orders
  • Performance issues

Protect Your Federal Employment Rights

Navigating the complexities of disciplinary and adverse actions as a federal employee requires a deep understanding of your rights. Our seasoned federal employment law attorneys are dedicated to defending the interests of federal employees facing workplace challenges, ensuring their rights are safeguarded every step of the way.

Facing suspension, demotion, removal, or any other disciplinary measure can be daunting. At The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we offer expert legal counsel and representation to help you defend your rights and maneuver through the intricate landscape of federal employment laws with confidence.

Our services include:

  • Legal representation in disciplinary hearings
  • Appeals of adverse actions
  • Negotiation with federal agencies
  • Protection of whistleblower rights

Don't delay in seeking legal guidance -- Protect Your Rights Now. Contact us to schedule a consultation and discover how we can help safeguard your federal employment rights.

What Are My Rights As A Federal Employee Facing Disciplinary Actions?

As a federal employee facing disciplinary actions, you have rights. It is vital to understand your rights to ensure you are being treated fairly and justly.

Below are key rights you should be aware of:

  • Right to Notice: You are entitled to a written notice outlining the reasons for the action that is being considered, along with any supporting documentation for the accusations.
  • Right to Respond: You have the right to a certain amount of time to react to these accusations. You may provide a written or spoken rebuttal in which you dispute the accusations or offer mitigating circumstances.
  • Right to Legal Representation: You have the right to employ a federal disciplinary and adverse action attorney in Washington, DC. This can greatly improve your chances of putting up a compelling defense. You may have legal representation throughout the entire disciplinary process.
  • Right to a Fair Decision-Maker: Your case should be reviewed by an impartial decision-maker who will consider all aspects before making a determination.
  • Right to Appeal: You have the right to challenge the ruling if the disciplinary action is carried out. If you are a member of a union, you can resolve this through the negotiated grievance processes or the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

As experienced Federal disciplinary and adverse action attorneys in Washington DC, serving clients throughout the nation, we are equipped to guide you through these complex proceedings. We aim to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair hearing. Understanding your rights and having proper legal representation can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. If you have received a notice of proposed disciplinary action, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC as soon as possible.

    What Should You Do After Receiving Proposed Disciplinary Action?

    If you have received notice of a proposed disciplinary action, it is critical that you take this notice seriously. In some cases, the action may be the final step before management decides to terminate you.

    We encourage you to consult an experienced attorney about how to respond to the proposed action and your available options. Our attorneys may be able to help you reply to the allegations and negotiate a solution that preserves your career and your record, file a complaint or grievance if you received unfair treatment, or file an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

    The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, has been successful in protecting thousands of federal employee clients and reversing or mitigating proposed disciplinary actions. Our goal is always to find a solution that is in your short- and long-term professional interests. We are always ready to defend you, whether it is before your agency, the MSPB, or in federal court.

    Submitting a Response to Disciplinary Action

    You are entitled to submitting a response once you have received a proposed disciplinary action, and this response can dictate your future, reputation, and career. If there are any deadlines stated within any of the documents, it is crucial you adhere to them as these set dates are quite strict. You may be asked to either submit an oral or written response, and you will also have the chance to request any evidentiary materials that are being used against you.

    If you submit a written response, you should address all of the allegations that are being raised against you, as well as a highlight of any proven records of positive work performance. In this written response, you will refute and deny any charges you are facing. The most important thing to do in your written response is to request an oral response, as it is much easier for a deciding officer to make a negative decision against you if they can’t physically see you or hear your voice.

    If you submit an oral response, you should be as straightforward as possible, keeping it anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. Do not read from your written response - instead, highlight the main points and be prepared to answer any questions presented to you. Remember to remain as open and honest as possible, as coming off defensive will only make you look worse.

    Federal Employee Disciplinary Actions - 4 Types

    Depending on the circumstances that led to your disciplinary action, you can expect to receive one or more of the following:

    1. A demotion of your current position and possible deduction in pay
    2. A temporary suspension that prohibits you from working during a specific time period
    3. A letter of reprimand that not only details your misconduct, but stays on your record until further notice
    4. To be terminated and removed from the premise immediately

    Each of these types come with their own set of unique legal challenges that should not be battled on their own. We specialize in the defense of federal employees and urge you to call us immediately if you have experienced one of these scenarios.

    Common Mistakes to Avoid During Disciplinary Proceedings

    When facing disciplinary actions as a federal employee, it is crucial to navigate the process carefully to protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome. Avoiding common mistakes can significantly impact the success of your case. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:

    1. Not seeking legal representation: It is essential to consult with an experienced federal disciplinary attorney who can guide you through the complex legal proceedings and provide expert advice.
    2. Delaying your response: Time is of the essence when responding to disciplinary actions. Failing to respond promptly can weaken your defense and limit your options.
    3. Ignoring the importance of evidence: Gathering and presenting strong evidence to support your case is crucial. Failing to collect relevant documents, witness statements, or other evidence can weaken your defense.
    4. Not understanding your rights: As a federal employee, you have specific rights and protections. Failing to understand these rights can leave you vulnerable to unfair disciplinary actions.
    5. Sharing details of your case: It is essential to avoid discussing your case with colleagues or posting about it on social media. Sharing sensitive information can harm your defense and compromise your position.

    By avoiding these common mistakes and working with our experienced attorneys at The Law Firm of John P. Mahoney, Esq., Attorneys at Law, PLLC, you can protect your rights as a federal employee throughout the disciplinary process.

    Discuss Your Case with Our Attorney

    Our disciplinary actions attorneys are dedicated to helping federal employees just like you protect their rights and careers. While hiring a federal disciplinary action lawyer isn't mandatory, it's critical that you at least consult with our specialists so that your best interests are put first. This area of law can become confusing with so many hoops to jump through. Don't take risks when it comes to your professional life; call us today for the advice you need to hear.

    If you are facing disciplinary action, schedule a consultation online or call us at (202) 350-3881.

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