How Can an Atlanta MSPB Attorney Help?
If you are a federal employee with a case before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), you need an experienced Atlanta MSPB attorney on your side. Our MSPB legal team represents federal employees throughout the United States.
The MSPB appeals process is complex. As a federal employee, you are automatically at a disadvantage. You have only 30 days to appeal an adverse action.
Proposed discipline or adverse action can have a devastating effect on your career. Indeed, it can completely end your career as a federal employee, preventing you from ever being re-hired.
Statistics show that MSPB appeals are an uphill battle. In fact, federal employees lose their federal merit systems appeals over 90% of the time.
Don't fight this battle alone.
Our legal team helps federal employees at all disciplinary stages starting with the investigation phase and all the way through a final MSPB appeal. The most common personnel actions we handle include:
- Removals and whistleblowing
- Suspensions over 14 days
- Reductions in grade or pay
- Furloughs of 30 days or less
- Performance-based removals and reductions in grade
When you are issued a proposed disciplinary or adverse action, nothing is more important than speaking immediately with an Atlanta MSPB lawyer to protect your rights.
Our MSPB legal team is here to help you at every stage of the process.
Contact us now for a free consultation.
Do I Have a Good Merit Systems Protection Board Case?
The first thing we do is determine if you have a good MSPB case.
Timing is critical when responding to the threat of discipline or adverse action. You have the right to demand all of the evidence that your agency relied on in proposing this action. You can then respond to the charges against you. Unfortunately, you have a very short timeframe in which to respond to the charges.
Don't miss the opportunity to stop the adverse action before it is imposed. One of our Atlanta MSPB attorneys can help you determine how to get the information you need to fight the charges and to make sure your response is submitted by the deadline.
If your response is unsuccessful, one of our attorneys can help you file an MSPB appeal. You get only 30 days to file an appeal. Our experienced legal team will ensure that you meet this deadline.
Once the appeal is filed, our Atlanta MSPB lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation. There are several investigative tools that your Atlanta MSPB attorney will use in order to gather as much information as possible about your situation, including:
- Interrogatories: written questions your Agency is required to answer
- Depositions: verbal questioning of your employer under oath
- Requests for production of documents
- Requests to inspect your workplace
Our investigation will then move to an examination of The Douglas Factors. These are the 12 factors that your Agency must consider before disciplining you. An experienced MSPB lawyer will look at these factors and determine which ones your Agency failed to explore properly. The most important factors we look at are:
- The nature and seriousness of the offense
- Your past disciplinary record
- Consistency of your penalty with those imposed upon other employees for the same or similar offenses
- Mitigating circumstances (other factors that lessen the severity of the offense)
- Adequacy and effectiveness of alternative sanctions to deter such conduct in the future
We will make sure your Agency has followed the rules. We will gather the facts. We will build your Merit Systems Protection Board case.
You deserve fair treatment. Let our MSPB legal team help you get it.
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Choosing the Right Atlanta MSPB Lawyer Can Make All the Difference
As a federal employee, you must follow complex employment rules that are very different from those that apply to private sector employment. Our federal employment lawyers understand these rules.
If you have been accused of misconduct and placed under investigation, speak with our Atlanta MSPB attorneys immediately. This is your chance to stop your Agency from moving forward with the proposed discipline or adverse action.
Our Atlanta MSPB attorneys will help you form your arguments. We will speak on your behalf with the Agency.
If this initial challenge is unsuccessful, our legal team can help you begin your appeals process.
The MSPB appeals process is complex.
As a federal employee, you are automatically at a disadvantage. You have only 30 days to appeal an adverse action. In some special situations you have even tighter time requirements.
You are limited as to where you can file your appeal. In addition, the MSPB has created strict guidelines about what information must be included in your appeal.
If all of the procedures are not followed precisely, then your case may be denied.
Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable about MSPB claims and appeals. We will guide you through the process.
Get the help you deserve.
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