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San Francisco Federal Employment Lawyer

Federal employees have specific rights in law to ensure fair treatment in the workplace. Like other places of employment, these laws aren’t always followed, and you need an attorney to advocate for you.

At Pines Federal, our federal employment attorneys have devoted their practice to fiercely protecting federal employees including Title 38 Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors and nurses. Our seasoned litigation lawyers are ready to fight on your behalf in court should the need arise.

Areas of Practice Representing Federal Employees in San Francisco

We are a firm that represents all types of federal employees, and our experience covers a wide range of employment law. We have more than 50 years of combined experience and have a deep understanding of the laws and procedures that are unique to federal employment.

We can provide targeted legal insight to federal employees for:

  • Adverse Actions
  • Federal Employee Disability Representation
  • Federal Union Representation
  • MSPB (Merit Systems Protection Board) Representation
  • EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Cases
  • Federal Whistleblower Defense

Our San Francisco federal employment attorneys fiercely protect the rights of federal employees. If you have a concern related to your employment at any federal agency, contact us for a confidential case evaluation by calling (888) 898-9902.

Adverse Actions, MSPB Representation

Federal employees have the right to take legal action against employers for adverse actions. When a case is appealed before MSPB, they use the Douglas Factors (nature of the offense and past disciplinary record, plus much more) to determine whether disciplinary action should be taken and, if so, the disciplinary action is commensurate with the offense. The MSPB is an independent entity of the executive branch with quasi-judicial powers to hear complaints or appeals from federal workers about certain personnel actions taken against them.

Disciplinary actions might include the following:

  • Suspension that lasts 14 days or more
  • Termination from serving as a federal civil employee
  • Demotion from federal employment to a lower-paying one or reducing one’s responsibilities

If you believe you have been subjected to a suspension, demotion, or termination that is arbitrary, unfair, or discriminatory, you may be able to take your complaint to the MSPB.

Federal Employee Disability Representation

Reasonable accommodations or reassignment must be provided to federal employees with a disability. When that’s not possible, workers may be eligible for disability benefits. Physiological, neurological, and psychological disorders are categorized as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was formally applied to federal employees by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Having cancer, epilepsy or intellectual disability can qualify as an impairment that limits a major life activity as well. Major life activities include walking, speaking, learning, eating, hearing, and seeing.

We can help you with federal employment matters related to:

  • Disability Discrimination
  • Social Security Disability
  • Federal Workers’ Compensation
  • Federal Disability Retirement Benefits

Federal Union Representation

At Pines Federal, we have more than two decades of experience providing counsel for federal unions. Our founding attorney, Eric L. Pines, Esq., serves as in-house counsel for the largest federal local in the U.S., AFGE Local 1923 in Maryland, as well as for the federal unions for VA hospitals and Army Depots.

Pines Federal provides comprehensive legal services with a sole focus on representing federal labor unions and federal employees. Our experience includes representing Unions ranging from AFGE, NFFE, NTEU, and IAM. We offer scalable monthly contracts to federal labor unions as well as individual case representation agreements priced based on the size of each Union’s Membership and the scope of services needed.

As your attorneys, we can help you with:

  • Drafting your grievances
  • Litigating your arbitration hearings
  • Drafting and litigating Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs)
  • Analyzing and litigating EEO and MSPB cases and Master Labor Agreement-related issues
  • Other targeted legal counsel

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Cases

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws were created to help federal employees obtain fair compensation and stop wrongdoing. Unfortunately, EEO complaints are made to employees who work for the same agency, and they may discourage employees from filing complaints. An experienced attorney from Pines Federal will be a strong advocate and ensure complaints are addressed.

Our firm has represented employees in all types of EEO cases, including the following:

  • Sexual harassment and gender discrimination
  • Retaliation for asserting EEO rights
  • Disability discrimination
  • Racial discrimination
  • Religious discrimination

Federal Whistleblower Defense

The federal government, at least in policy, encourages employees to notify federal representatives or certain designated persons regarding unlawful conduct or practices by the employer. Anyone disclosing a wrongdoing should not be subjected to any negative actions because of their courage to step forward.

Examples of typical whistleblower disclosures include:

  • Rules or regulations violations
  • Gross mismanagement
  • Abuse of authority
  • Substantial and specific danger to public health or safety

Anyone experiencing negative changes in the work environment or job duties after blowing the whistle might be facing employer retaliation. When this happens, the whistleblower has the right to legal recourse against anyone punishing them for bringing concerns to light.

VA Employee Representation

VA employees fall into one of three categories: Title 5 (non-medical), Title 38 (medical), and Title 38 Hybrid (combination employees including therapists, pharmacists, and vocational nurses). The laws and procedures governing these positions are unique. These job classifications determine how disciplinary action and appeals are governed as well as how appointment, advancement, leave, and hours of duty are handled. Disciplinary action appeals for Title 38 employees, for example, go before an Administrative Investigations Board (AIB) and not the MSPB.

A Firm You Can Trust

  • Committed to Our Clients

    Our attorneys bring unmatched experience, dedication, tenacity, sensitivity, and personal commitment to the table for every individual we represent.

  • Stellar Reputation

    Our firm has garnered a reputation as committed advocates for representing employees of any federal agency with an emphasis on helping disability and veterans administration employees.

  • Proven Record of Success

    Our attorneys have been fiercely protecting the rights of employees for decades and have a stunning track record and a proven success rate.

  • Tailored Approach to Your Case

    Our attorneys will listen to your case, provide an honest assessment, answer all your questions and concerns, and create a custom strategy to provide the best possible outcome.

  • Over 50 Years of Combined Experience

    Our seasoned litigation lawyers have decades of experience and are ready to fight on your behalf in court should the need arise.

Comprehensive Experience in Federal Employment Law

When you hire a lawyer from Pines Federal, you hire a track record of success. Our attorneys will tailor a strategy based on the law and the facts of your situation in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome.

Discuss your case with a San Francisco federal employment lawyer by calling (888) 898-9902 or send a message through our online form.

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The Stories That Matter From the People Who Lived It

Testimonials From Former Clients
  • Pines Federal law firm was great in helping me with a legal issue I had and helped to put my mind at ease.

    “As a paralegal for the MSPB, I know first hand how challenging dealing with legal issues can be. Pines Federal law firm was great in helping me with a legal issue I had and helped to put my mind at ...”

    - Yolanda
  • Pines Federal Law Firm is a grateful blessing to my life.

    “Pines Federal Law Firm is a grateful blessing to my life. They have been so good to me! Eric, Josh and Michael took time to listen to my concerns about my EEO discrimination case against DHS. They ...”

    - Yolanda H.
  • There is no comparison between the other firms I interviewed. If you need a firm to understand complex government processes.

    “I worked with Josh Kahn for over a year on my case against the Department of Veterans Affairs. He and the law firm believed in my case and prepared outstanding legal documents, depositional inquiries, ...”

    - Dr. West
  • Amazing! Just what the Doctor Ordered!

    “Eric Pines is simply Amazing! I am a physician working for the federal government and when I was recently facing an adverse action, the founding partner of Pines Federal, Eric Pines, took on my case ...”

    - Dr. K
  • I’m glad I had Eric Pines by my side.

    “I applied for Medical Disability from OPM and was denied. I found the Eric Pines Law firm to help me with my appeal through an internet search. Eric and Scott listened to me and help me get approved. ...”

    - Lilia
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