Federal Government Employment

Federal Employee Representation

Federal government employees work hard, possess unique skills, and value their public service mission.

Federal government employment law is complex and distinct from private sector employment law. The federal workforce is governed by a broad range of employment, civil rights, and personnel laws.

Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide serious, dedicated, and experienced counsel and representation to federal employees. This practice is committed to providing each federal employee client with legal representation specifically designed to meet the client’s unique legal challenged.

Steven Murray has successfully represented federal employees in challenges to adverse agency actions, concerning discipline and performance-based actions, and in proceedings to enforce equal employment opportunity rights, including lawsuits before United States District Courts, including obtaining jury verdicts and favorable resolutions.

Murray Law represents federal employees in employment, civil rights, and personnel actions, including:

  • Adverse Agency Actions. Experienced representation is provided to challenge, in every stage, an agency’s proposed disciplinary and performance-based action.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity [EEO]. Representation is provided to federal employees facing discriminatory, retaliation, harassment, and deprivation of federal government employment rights. Representation of an employee’s EEO rights is provided before the Agency employer, and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC], and/or United States District Courts.

  • EEO Defense. Representation of employees accused of depriving another federal employee of equal employment opportunity protections.

This practice represents federal employees before administrative agencies and federal courts, including the Merit Systems Protection Board [MSPB] and the EEOC, United States District Courts, and United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Adverse Agency Actions

Adverse agency actions have the potential to severely harm an employee’s personal and professional interests.

An employee’s specific appeal rights depend on the nature of the final agency decision concerning a disciplinary or performance-based action.

Federal employees have the legal right to challenge adverse agency actions. Representation is provided to federal employees in the following forums:

  • The Agency Employer. Representation is provided by preparing and submitting oral and written replies to the Agency’s proposed adverse action.
  • The Agency Employer’s internal grievance process.
  • Appeals of final agency decisions to an MSPB Administrative Judge.
  • Administrative hearings before an MSPB Administrative Judge.
  • Appeals of the MSPB Administrative Judge’s decision to the full-member MSPB.
  • EEO charges before the Agency employer, and the EEOC.
  • Mediation proceedings before the EEOC, and before private mediators.
  • Available appeals to United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Equal Employment Opportunity

The policy of the United States Government is to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons. Federal government employees are protected against employment discrimination and retaliation under federal government employment and civil rights laws.

Murray Law represents federal employees in EEO actions. These cases contest actions by agency employers which unlawfully discriminate, retaliate, harass, and deprive federal rights. Federal employees may challenge disciplinary and performance-based actions through the EEO process.

Employment discrimination is unlawful when an individual is subjected to an adverse action or treated less favorably because he or she is a member of a lawfully protected class.

Federal government employees are protected against employment discrimination on the following bases: race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, age, and retaliation/reprisal for participation in protected activity. Federal employees have the right to reasonable accommodations for: (1) religion, religious belief, religious practices and observances; and (2) disability.

Conclusion

Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to counsel and represent individuals and employers facing private sector employment issues. Please contact Murray Law at 720-600-6642.

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