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Attorneys for Federal Employees in All Government Agencies Nationwide

Melville Johnson, P.C. is a national law firm that represents current and former federal employees in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), other federal agencies, and in federal court. Our attorneys have resolved thousands of cases at the agency level, and offer unique insights gained from litigating cases in federal jurisdictions across the country and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment at work, if you are facing disciplinary or adverse action, if you are preparing for a reduction in force, or if you need protection as a whistleblower or a disabled federal employee, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation. Navigating the various laws and regulations that apply to federal employees can be extraordinarily challenging, and in most cases, federal employees only have a very short amount of time to assert their legal rights. If you wait too long, or if you make technical mistakes when filing your claim, you could lose your rights entirely.

At Melville Johnson, P.C., we want to make sure this does not happen. We are passionate about representing federal employees in claims against the government, and we believe in making sure that individuals in the federal sector have access to the information they need at all times. The unfortunate reality is that, as an individual, you are at a disadvantage when it comes to protecting your rights against the government. We are here to turn the tables in your favor and make sure you receive the compensation, benefits, and employment opportunities you deserve.

What Our Clients Say

Every day, we talk to federal employees who have had their rights violated by the government. We consider it a privilege to fight for these individuals, and we consider it our duty to make sure these individuals achieve the best outcomes possible.

“I really appreciate [the attorneys at Melville Johnson, P.C.] for doing right by me. They believed in me and protected my rights. I could have never gotten through the EEO on my own. . . . Thanks again for being so professional and helpful.” – Federal Employee

“The consummate professionals at [Melville Johnson, P.C.] work closely with you to ensure your rights are being protected. As a current federal employee, I found myself in a situation where the job I was asked to do didn’t match the position description for which I was hired nor the compensation I deserved. With the firm’s help, I was able to obtain back pay and transfer into a position that matched the job I was performing.” – Federal Employee

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Our Practice Areas

Discrimination and EEO Complaints

We represent current and former federal employees and federal job applicants who have experienced unlawful discrimination. This includes discriminatory treatment and harassment based upon age, disability, gender, race, and sexual orientation. For federal employees, taking action against discrimination begins at the agency level. If you are not satisfied with the initial outcome of your case, we can file a complaint on your behalf with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and, if necessary, we can take your complaint to federal court.

Disciplinary and Adverse Actions

Disciplinary and adverse actions range from reprimands to removals. In between, federal employees can face demotion, reduction in pay grade, suspension, furlough, and termination. If you are facing discipline in your federal job or are currently under investigation, we can make sure you have every opportunity to continue in your career. We also represent federal employees facing reductions in force (RIFs).

MSPB Appeals

In most cases, for federal employees, challenging disciplinary or adverse action starts with an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The MSPB has jurisdiction over a wide range of federal employment-related matters, including suspensions, removals, RIFs, whistleblower retaliation, and disability retirement claims. Our attorneys routinely represent federal employees in MSPB appeals and in challenging MSPB decisions.

Whistleblower Protection

Under the Whistleblower Protection Act, federal employees who disclose illegal and improper practices are entitled to protection against retaliation. This includes protection against transfers, demotions, terminations, threats, increased scrutiny, harassment, and unsubstantiated reprimands. Unlawful retaliation is an extremely serious matter, and we are committed to ensuring that no federal employee faces unfair treatment as a result of reporting government corruption.

Federal Disability Retirement

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) make annuity benefits available to federal employees who have been diagnosed with disabling illnesses and injuries. However, successfully applying for benefits under FERS or CSRS can be a challenge. We represent federal employees at every step of the process, ensuring that our clients receive the maximum federal disability retirement benefits available.

Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I file a claim for sexual harassment against a government co-worker?

Yes. Sexual harassment is considered a form of sexual discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the law applies equally to male and female federal employees. Federal employees can file EEO claims for sexual harassment involving co-workers, supervisors, other government workers, and government contractor employees.

Q: I am hearing talk of a reduction in force within my agency. What do I need to know?

If you are facing a possible reduction in force, it is important to plan ahead. You may be entitled to keep your job; or, you may be entitled to a transfer. To learn what you can do to prepare, we encourage you to schedule a confidential initial consultation.

Q: Why am I being investigated by my agency?

Federal agencies investigate employees for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from suspected misuse of government property to falsification and suspected involvement in federal crimes. If you have been asked to submit to an interview, or if you are concerned that you may become the target of a federal employee investigation, it is important that you seek legal representation before the investigation leads to adverse action.

Q: How long will it take to receive a decision on my MSPB appeal?

MSPB appeals tend to move fairly quickly. In most cases, you can expect the MSPB to render a decision within six months of when you file your appeal. This, of course, assumes that there are no unnecessary or unexpected delays along the way.

Q: How do I know if my disciplinary action is retaliatory?

While it can often be difficult to prove whistleblower retaliation, there are a number of red flags that will usually point to unlawful disciplinary or adverse action (also referred to as “prohibited personnel practices”). For example, sudden poor performance reviews are often a pretext for a retaliatory suspension or termination.

Q: How do I know if I am enrolled in FERS or CSRS?

You can tell if you are enrolled in FERS or CSRS by looking at any of your Standard Form 50s. In Block 30, Code 1 or 6 means you are enrolled in CSRS. Code K, L, M, or N means you are enrolled in FERS.

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Why Choose Melville Johnson, P.C?

1. Experience at the Agency Level

We have represented thousands of federal employees in all agencies and in all 50 states. Our attorneys routinely secure favorable results at the agency level in cases involving discrimination, harassment, disciplinary and adverse action, retaliation, reductions in force, and disability retirement benefit applications.

2. Experience in Federal Court

Our attorneys have over 30 years’ experience representing federal employees in a district and appellate courts around the country. This includes significant experience in cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and founding attorney George Melville Johnson has even argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

3. Commitment to Representing Federal Employees

At Melville Johnson, P.C., we are committed to representing federal employees. It is the sole focus of our practice, and it is something about which Mr. Johnson has been passionate for more than 24 years.

4. Proven Results

As a result of our substantial experience, we have established a proven track record of securing favorable outcomes for our clients. We have helped clients win compensation for unlawful discrimination, get their jobs back, and find new careers in the federal sector.

5. Personalized Client-First Representation

To some people, federal employment cases can look a lot alike. To them, your case is just another discrimination case, another case of retaliation, or another reduction in force. We see things differently. We take the approach that every case is unique, and we provide personalized representation designed to secure the best possible result in light of the specific facts and circumstances at hand.

Schedule a Confidential Initial Consultation

We are sure you have lots of questions, and we are happy to provide you with the answers you need to make informed decisions about protecting your legal rights. With offices in Atlanta, GA, we represent federal employees nationwide. To get started with a confidential initial consultation, call Melville Johnson, P.C. at (888) 846-7844 or submit our case evaluation form today.