Federal employee rights are unique. There is an entirely different set of rules and procedures for federal employees to pursue their grievances and claims. We have pursued many such claims successfully on behalf of our federal employee clients.
For example, we have represented an employee of the U.S. Army who was disabled by blindness and the Army refused to accommodate him. In the civilian world, his claim would be pursued under the Americans With Disabilities Act, but because he was a federal employee he had to file his claim under the Federal Rehabilitation Act. We did so, and recovered a settlement of over $125,000.00 for him. We’ve also won federal employee race discrimination claims against the U.S. Postal Service at the federal EEOC hearing stage as well as pursued federal pension rights through to the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
From our experience, we have learned that federal employee claims have many facets to them that must be considered early on and each step of the way. Although there are many unique aspects to federal employee claims, there are also similarities to other employment law claims in which we also have a depth of experience.
Some cases representative of our experience in this area are:
Kathy J. Smith v. John E. Potter—Postmaster General Appellate Cause No. 04-3531
Thomas E. Carter v. U.S. Army Cause No. IP01-C-05750H/L—Successful ADA/Rehabilitation Act representation and settlement for over $100,000.