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If you have been subjected to a suspension, demotion, or termination that was unwarranted or discriminatory, you may be able to take your complaint to the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB). The Merit System Protection Board is an independent entity of the federal government’s executive branch that hears complaints or appeals from federal workers about certain actions taken against them.

How Do I File an Appeal with the Board?

If you have faced disciplinary action that was unwarranted, you may be able to file an appeal with the MSPB. You must file an appeal in writing with the board’s regional or field office in the area where the action was taken.

You must file your appeal within 30 calendar days of the effective date of the action or within 30 calendar days after the date of the receipt of the agency’s decision (whatever is later). If the 30th day falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the filing day will be extended to the next business day.

You can submit your appeal by mail, commercial overnight delivery, personal delivery, fax, or by the Board’s electronic filing system. The date of filing by mail is considered to be the postmark date. It is important to note that appeals and other submissions cannot be made by email.

Do I Need Legal Representation Before Filing?

How you write your appeal can significantly impact the outcome of your case. For such reasons, it is important to have strong legal representation before filing an appeal. Our team at Pines Federal has vast experience with whistleblower reprisal complaints and MSPB appeal filings. We have served Houston and clients nationwide for more than 20 years. We can advise you on how to proceed and explain your options.

Contact our federal employment law attorneys today at (888) 898-9902 to schedule a consultation!

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Eric L. Pines is a nationally recognized federal employment lawyer, mediator, and attorney business coach. He represents federal employees and acts as in-house counsel for over fifty thousand federal employees through his work as a federal employee labor union representative.

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