Federal Disciplinary Actions


Facing disciplinary action as a federal employee can be a frightening and stressful experience. Regardless of why a federal employee may be facing disciplinary action, and whether there is a strong case for disciplinary action, most federal employees have rights and due process to defend themselves. At the Vaughn Law Firm, our Employment Law Attorneys handle federal employment law matters on a regular basis, and federal disciplinary actions are no exception. Many federal employees are unaware that they have certain rights and the ability to appeal a decision regarding disciplinary action, such as suspension, demotion or termination.

Understanding Your Rights as a Federal Employee Facing Disciplinary Action

Federal law allows many employees to dispute certain disciplinary actions with various agencies within the executive branch. The Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) oversees appeals that involve serious adverse actions such as suspensions for more than fourteen (14) days, demotion or termination. The MSPB does not hear all federal employee appeals. For example, some employees may choose to grieve the disciplinary action through their agency’s negotiated grievance procedure. If a disciplinary action involves reprisal for whistleblowing, discrimination, or other prohibited personnel practice (PPP), a complaint may be filed with the agency’s Equal Employment Office or the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

It is important to keep in mind that not every federal employee has the ability to appeal workplace disciplinary actions. For example, political appointees cannot appeal a disciplinary action to the MSPB. Additionally, the OPM cannot hear complaints and act on behalf of certain federal employees, including, among others, employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Because every situation is different, it is crucial to speak with a Federal Employment Law Attorney who has extensive experience handling federal disciplinary matters. While federal employees can certainly act alone by appealing to the appropriate board or agency, the process can quickly become complicated with room for mistakes to happen. As such, allowing a qualified attorney to handle the matter is a good option for ensuring federal employee rights are being protected and that these employees are exercising their ability to appeal certain disciplinary actions in the workplace.

Contact the Vaughn Law Firm Today to Schedule Your Consultation

If you are a federal employee facing workplace disciplinary action, it is important to act quickly to speak with a skilled Federal Employment Law Attorney as soon as possible. With offices in Washington, D.C. and Decatur, Georgia, the Vaughn Law Firm is staffed with seasoned attorneys who represent federal workers facing a variety of disciplinary actions.

You deserve to have an advocate by your side to fight for your rights and interests. To speak with one of our Federal Employment Law Attorneys, contact the Vaughn Law Firm today by calling toll-free at (877) 615-9495 to schedule your free consultation. You may also contact us online or email us at info@thevaughnlawfirm.com, and we will respond to your inquiry right away.