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What Is the Merit Systems Protection Board?

What Is the Merit Systems Protection Board?

If you’ve been terminated or suspended from work for a significant period of time and you believe that your employer’s reasoning was unethical, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) can take on your case and work to remedy the situation. 

The MSPB is part of the executive branch of the United States government, and their goal is to develop hiring practices, stop discrimination, and defend employees from retaliation by their employers in the workplace. Appeals can be filed through the MSPB, and investigations will be done to determine whether employers have treated their employees unfairly. 

An experienced MSPB lawyer from Snider & Associates, LLC can assist you in gathering the proper information from your case, filing the correct paperwork, and working through the appeals process. Hopefully, by speaking up about your mistreatment, you’ll walk away from your case feeling that justice has been served in some way.  

Actions That Can Be Brought to the MSPB

The MSPB handles numerous disciplinary actions that have been taken by employers toward their employees. These issues are related to losing a job, being demoted from a job, or losing wages. When an employee feels that they’ve lost some sort of work privilege for unwarranted reasons, they can bring the case to the MSPB for review.

The MSPB works closely with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) on cases that specifically involve discrimination or retaliation. Some of the actions that can be brought to the MSPB include:

  • Demotions

  • Being fired from federal service

  • Suitability actions

  • Involuntary retirements

  • Pay reductions

  • Suspensions that last longer than fourteen days

  • Whistleblower retaliation cases

  • Denials of disability in retirement

The MSPB Appeal Process

When filing an appeal with the Merit Systems Protection Board, you can file the appeal online or download the appeal form from their website and file it by mail, by fax, or in person through your local MSPB office. Once your appeal has been filed, it’ll be assigned to an administrative judge. The judge will notify you and your employer about the appeal and begin a formal investigation into the matter. 

The administrative judge will come to an initial decision regarding whether the disciplinary action taken by your employer was warranted or not. A severance package or other liquidated damages may be offered to you. If you don’t agree with the judge’s decision on the case, you can petition for review, and a more thorough investigation will follow. 

A final order will then be delivered. If you still don’t agree with the Protection Board’s decision, you’ll have sixty days to file an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals. 

Reach Out to a Federal MSPB Attorney

The MSPB protects employees in a lot of ways from undesirable circumstances, such as wrongful determination, pay reduction, and extended suspension. When you experience mistreatment like this at work, it can be daunting to file an appeal without understanding the complex nature of the MSPB process. A federal MSPB lawyer from Snider & Associates, LLC can be your guide along the way. 

To speak with a member of our firm about your case in greater detail, call 410-653-9060 to schedule a consultation or visit our website for more information.

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