In federal employment matters such as proposed suspensions and removals, demotions or downgrades, grievances, arbitration, administrative investigations, hostile work environments, or discrimination matters, it is a common misconception that a federal employee must retain the services of an attorney to appeal the action or protect their rights and only an attorney can represent you. The fact is, that in most personnel matters you do not need an attorney and that an experienced federal employment law consultant from Capaldo Colangelo can represent you. This includes representing you before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and assisting in the submission of retaliation and whistleblower complaints to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Our consultants act as your non-attorney authorized representative.
This includes assisting you with all:
Responses to Adverse Action Proposals
Complaint Filing (OSC and EEOC)
FOIA and Privacy Act Requests
Responses to Disciplinary Proposals
MSPB Intial Filings & Case Pleadings
Alternate Dispute Resolution
EEO Assistance (Informal and Formal Compalints)
Review of Settlement Agreements
Response to Agency Discovery Requests
Motions to Compel Discovery
General Case Consultation
Command Directed Investigations or Army 15-6 investigations
Interrogatory and Request for Admissions
Evidence Review and Analysis
Our federal employment law consultants have extensive experience dealing with matters associated with the Department of the Defense (including Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force), US Postal Service, Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Treasury.
What are my Rights as a Federal Employee?
All federal employees have certain rights regarding adverse actions or other prohibited personnel practices. If you believe that you have been subjected to a suspension, demotion, downgrade, or removal that is unwarranted, unfair, arbitrary, and/or discriminatory or if you have been subjected to a personnel action in retaliation for whistleblowing, you may be able to take your complaint to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). If you believe that you have subjected to harrasment or discrimination due to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, marital status or in retaliation for asserting your equal opportunity rights you may be able file a complaint with your agency's Equal Opportunity Office (EEO) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Why Should I Hire a Consultant and Not Use an Attorney or Union Representative?
In the majority of personnel matters, you do not need an attorney. It is a common misconception that only an attorney or the union can represent you. The fact is that the MSPB and EEOC specifically permit an employee to be represented by a representative of their choosing. That includes our consultants who are experts in federal employment law and experienced in non-attorney representation. Also, using our consultants will be far less expensive that using an attorney. For example, the initial retainer for an attorney to represent you in an MSPB or EEOC matter can be anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. Since most associate level attorney's bill at a rate of $250 to $300 per hour, the initial retainer is equivalent to about 40 hours of work on your case. Compare this to hiring one of our consultants to provide you with non-attorney representation at a fraction of the cost. We also offer payment arrangements and monthly payment plans! The cost structure will be discussed with you during your free consultation.
Why Should I Hire a Consultant Instead of Using a Local Union Representative?
It is our experience the majority of local shop stewards or union representatives are simply not knowledgeable or experienced enough to represent their members in serious adverse actions (removals and suspensions), EEO complaints (informal and formal), administrative investigations and other disciplinary matters. That being said, our consultants will work hand-in-hand with your union during the duration of our non-attorney representation. In some cases, unions may reimburse you for using our services.
Who Will My Consultant Be?
Our consultants are all former federal managers with extensive experience in personnel matters, including practicing before the MSPB and EEOC. Additionally, some also have experience working as union officials in the federal sector. The non-attorney representation services provided by our consultants is unmatched. During your free consultation take the time to inquire about the background and experience of your consultant. You will not be disappointed.
When Should I Hire a Consultant?
You should contact us for a free consultation at the earliest possible time. This is usually when you have received a proposed adverse action or belief you have been retaliated or discriminated against. Your response to the deciding official is absolutely critical and could possible stop the action right there without the need to appeal the MSPB or through an administrative grievance procedure. The earlier you contact us, the more money you are likely to save.
Does the Consultant Just Assist Me or Take the Whole Case?
The level of services that you receive from one of our consultants is up to you. We can assist you on a "as needed" basis or "take the whole case." It depends on the level of services that you need. We can assist you with advice, written responses, appeal and complaint filings, and anything else case related and you pay as you go. Or, we can take the whole case from start to finish. It is your choice. You should discuss the level service required during you free consultation.
In What States Do You Provide Services?
We provide consultants and non-attorney representatives NATIONWIDE.
Specializing in Federal Employment Law Consulting, Non-Attorney Representation, and Workplace Investigations.
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