The Federal Aviation Administration. The U.S. Post Office. The U.S. Navy.
All are large government agencies that the Law Office of Michael T. Smith & Associates have taken to trial on behalf of employees who have been discriminated against, unjustly fired, or otherwise unfairly treated on the job. We have fought for our clients throughout northern Illinois and surrounding counties in more than 200 cases in federal court during our three decades of trial experience.
Federal employees who have been wronged at work benefit from many of the same protections that private-sector workers do, but there are some differences including:
A specific process for filing complaints against federal agencies
The Civil Service Reform Act, designed to shield federal employees and applicants
If you’re an employee of – or applicant to – a federal agency, and you believe that you’ve been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint with that agency.
Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity counselor at the agency within 45 days of the discriminatory action.
Take part in counseling or alternative dispute resolution, if the agency offers ADR. If one or the other isn’t successful, you may file a complaint with the agency.
If the complaint isn’t dismissed, the agency must conduct an investigation. For single-issue cases, you may request a hearing before an Equal Employment Opportunity administrative judge or an immediate final decision from the agency.
If you request a hearing, the administrative judge must issue a decision within 180 days and order appropriate relief should discrimination be proven. If the agency doesn’t issue a final order within 40 days of receiving the decision, that decision becomes the agency’s final action.
If you disagree with the agency’s final action, appeal.
With decades of experience in public sector employment discrimination in Illinois, the Law Office of Michael T. Smith & Associates can help you to navigate and get the most from what can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.
Aimed at federal employees and applicants, this anti-discrimination law is enforced by the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
The act dictates that employees with authority can’t take personnel action that favors or discriminates against co-workers or applicants on the basis of:
Federal employees with authority can’t make personnel decisions based on attributes or conduct – for example, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation – that don’t negatively impact job performance.
Also, it’s illegal to bring reprisal against federal employees or applicants for whistleblowing or for exercising an appeal, complaint, or grievance right under the law.
We can help whether you’re employed in a federal, state, or local sector of government. Call the Law Office of Michael T. Smith & Associates or contact us online today.