Federal Employment Lawyer – Government Worker MSPB & EEOC Claims
The EEOC treats work discrimination much differently for federal employees than it does for people employed by people who work in the private sector for privately owned companies and corporations. If you are a federal employee and feel that you have been a victim of discrimination, harassment, or denied retirement or other benefits that are owed to you we can help. Our employment law firm has been helping government workers file EEOC claims and MSPB appeals for over 30 years. Our federal employment lawyers can help protect your rights, and help you get the compensation and fair treatment that you deserve.
Discrimination against federal employees can be racial discrimination, pay discrimination, harassment, or unfair benefits garnishing just like it looks for employees of private companies. However, federal employee discrimination, labor laws, and enforcement are handled much different.
If you are a government worker and you feel your rights have been violated, you need a federal employee rights lawyer familiar with this specific area of employment law. Call Baron & Budd to schedule a free legal consultation with a member of our employment law firm.
It’s important to recognize the signs of discrimination. In many cases, employment discrimination may take place over a course of years, often leading to the “frog in a boiling pot” phenomenon. Over time, a worker’s acceptance and tolerance of certain discriminatory behaviors may creep higher until he or she wakes up one day to realize the daily treatment they are experiencing on the job is wrong and must be illegal. Are you there? If so, you are probably a victim of workplace discrimination.
EEOC Protection for Federal Employees & Government Workers
The EEOC specifically protects federal workers from four distinct types of discrimination including:
- Discrimination & Unfair Treatment based on gender, disability, family status, gender identity, nationality, religion, race, skin color, pregnancy, sexual preference (LGBT protection), nation of origin, and age.
- Inadequate accommodations for a disability, religious belief, or special needs. (Reasonable accommodations)
- Harassment by supervisors, managers, co-workers, or other employees because of sex (gender), religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age (if over 40), disability, race, genes, or religion.
- Retaliating against you because you filed an EEOC complaint for mistreatment, discrimination, or wrongful termination; or because you are participating in a lawsuit or as a witness for federal employee wrongdoing.
How can you report harassment or discrimination when you work for the federal government?
The first step in filing a complaint with the EEOC for discrimination starts with contacting an EEOC counselor. Your first step should be to hire an employment law attorney or federal employees that can help protect your rights efficiently and effectively. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling EEOC claims for federal employees who have been discriminated against and can help preserve your interests and compensation throughout the process.
Should you choose to contact an EEOC counselor without an attorney (not recommended), you can visit the EEOC’s locations page to find the counselor closest to you.
What is the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)?
The MSPB is the nonpartisan party appointed by the government to adjudicate federal employee discrimination and harassment claims, and protect the rights of government workers fairly. The agency was formed in 1978 by the Civil Service Reform Act that shut down the Civil Service Commission and split its duties into three separate bodies: the MSPB, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and Office of Special Counsel (OSC). If you file a complaint with the EEOC and they do not agree with or validate your discrimination claims, federal employees can file an appeal with the MSPB.
The MSPB is also responsible for hearing retaliation claims and protecting whistleblowers’ rights, hearing reemployment discrimination cases under the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and veterans’ preference rule violations under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).
List of Cases Heard by the MSPB
- Federal Employee Discrimination & Harassment
- Whistleblower Retaliation & Protection Under WPA
- Employee Appeals for Decisions Involving Furlough, termination, jurisdiction, and suspensions
- Enforcement of MSPB Decision Compliance
- USERRA Reemployment Protection for Veterans
- Protection of “Hire Veterans First” Rule for Veterans
- OPM Regulation Amendment Requests
- Executive Branch Employee Rights Protection
- Civil Service Retirement Benefits Protection & Appeals
- Protection of Federal Employee Retirement Benefits & Appeals
Contact a Lawyer for Federal Employee Discrimination & MPSB Appeals