DC Federal Employee Retaliation Lawyer
Are you a federal employee concerned about workplace retaliation? If so, you could benefit from personal legal advice from a Washington DC federal employee retaliation lawyer.
The laws and procedures that apply to federal government employees differ in many ways from those for private employees, so it may be particularly important in your case to seek help from a federal employment attorney who is well-versed in how workplace retaliation cases proceed at the federal level.
At the Spiggle Law Firm, our legal team has significant experience representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), and the other courts and organizations that enforce federal employment laws.
Activities Protected from Retaliation
Numerous federal employment laws protect employees in the workplace who are whistleblowers or complain about unlawful workplace practices. Some of the concerns that these laws allow you to formally “blow the whistle” on include:
- Discrimination (based on race, gender, age, religion, national origin, and other protected categories)
- Sexual harassment
- Wage or overtime abuses
- Workplace safety
- Exercising First Amendment rights
- Government fraud or abuse
These laws also protect your right as an employee to file formal complaints in good faith with a federal agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Department of Labor (DOL), or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as informal EEO complaints. These complaints can be about the treatment of yourself or of other employees—for instance, if you witness and complain about sexual harassment directed against other workers.
Furthermore, the law prohibits retaliation against employees who participate in EEO investigations. Such cooperation includes serving as a witness before a government agency like the EEOC or participating in an agency’s internal investigation of discrimination.
Adverse Actions in DC Federal Employee Retaliation Cases
An adverse action does not have to be as serious as a suspension or termination to be grounds for legal action. Generally, anything that changes the terms and conditions of your work in a way that may deter you from making a complaint can be considered unlawful retaliation. Less obvious actions that could be considered retaliatory include:
- Poor performance reviews
- Changes in schedule
- Bullying and harassment
Different standards can apply under the many laws that protect against retaliation. Getting the help of a Washington DC federal employee retaliation lawyer might help you determine which control and what actions you could take to address your particular situation.
When to Get Help from a DC Workplace Retaliation Attorney
If you complained about employment conditions for yourself or others and are worried about retaliation, you should get legal advice as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you have received notice that your employer is considering taking disciplinary action against you, since strict time limits may limit your right to seek review of an adverse action.
Federal employee cases can be complex and need the attention of an attorney who can advise you about both your due process rights and the procedures that are available to challenge discriminatory and retaliatory treatment. For more information about how a Washington DC federal employee retaliation lawyer may be able to help you, click here to get a free review of your case courtesy of the Spiggle Law Firm.