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Q&A: Retaliation in the Federal Workplace

What Is Retaliation? In the context of a federal workplace, and as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEO retaliation is when an employer punishes, penalizes, or retaliates against an employee who participates in a EEO protected activity, such as participating in an EEO process or “reasonably opposing conduct made unlawful by an EEO law.” Retaliation is...

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Can You Sue Your Federal Employer?

Sovereign Immunity & the FTCA Just as an employee of a private company can bring a lawsuit against their employer (such as in cases where they are injured in the workplace or are the victim of workplace discrimination), so, too, can a federal employee. However, the process by which a federal employee can sue the federal government is a...

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Were Federal Employees Illegally Denied COVID-19 Hazard Pay?

Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of federal employees who failed to receive hazardous duty pay and hazard overtime pay after working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Government Executive, the lawsuit had been in legal limbo since March 2020 because a federal appeals court was considering a similar lawsuit. Qualifying for the...

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Can Federal Employees Sue for Unpaid Wages?

An honest day’s work deserves an honest day’s pay, and anything less is wrong—plain and simple. Recently, a restaurant owner in Austin, Texas failed to pay his employees after his business closed unexpectedly. According to KVUE, an ABC affiliate in Austin, an ex-employee who was the event coordinator and floor manager for Simi Estiatorio, a now-closed local restaurant, claims...

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Employees with Disabilities: Know Your Rights About COVID-19 Vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely shifted the workplace for employees across the country. Federal employees are required to take the COVID-19 vaccination to stop the spread of the virus. However, there are a few exceptions for employees with certain religious beliefs and disabilities. Our federal employment law attorneys explain what requirements are needed for a disabled employee to be...

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The Federal Employee Administrative Grievance Process

Workers for any company have rights, and employees of the United States government are no different. When those rights are violated, a specific process is put in place with the aim of bringing about a just resolution. For some government workers, the federal employee administrative grievance process is the means of seeking that just solution. To understand the different...

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COVID-19 Vaccines & Religious Exemptions

The recent pandemic has shaken the workplace – especially for federal workers across the country. Federal workers are required to take the COVID-19 vaccination in an attempt to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. However, exemptions are available for workers who have a physical disability or a religion that prevents them from receiving a vaccine. The regulations surrounding religious...

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Can Federal Workers Get Fired for Refusing Vaccination?

Both employers and government officials have set strict mandates regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. However, many federal workers oppose these new regulations because it makes it difficult to uphold personal beliefs in the workplace. If you are a federal employee who doesn’t want to follow the mandates requiring you to take the COVID-19 vaccination, you might be wondering if it could...

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Pines Federal wins FAA Employee Right to Display Chanukah Decorations along with Christmas Decorations

Last month, Pines Federal Attorney’s Justin Schnitzer and Amanda Moreno won a precedent setting EEO Case allowing a FAA Employee who attempted to display Chanukah decorations in the office and was asked to take them down by a Union representative. The Administrative Judge found that the employee should have been to allowed at the very least to decorate the...

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Suspensions | Federal Employee Rights

Used mostly as a disciplinary measure, suspensions often affect a federal employee’s pay. Depending on the offense, suspensions can be brief or indefinite. If you are facing such a suspension, you still have rights. You are not forced to blindly accept this action. In this article, we will review the different types of suspensions federal employees face and what...

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