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Civil Service – Public Sector Government Employment Litigation

If you are seeking a Florida employment law attorney who is experienced in public employee representation, contact Delegal Law Offices today and schedule a time when we can talk about your situation. You may also send us an email questionnaire by clicking on this link so that we can evaluate your case before scheduling a consultation to determine whether we may be able to assist you. We charge a $500 attorney evaluation fee to meet with any new prospective client.

We have substantial experience in representing public employees and believe that such experience can assist us in handling cases on behalf of state, federal, and local governmental employees. Delegal Law Offices, P.A., also serves a number of other public employee unions, including the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police, the JEA Supervisors Association, and School Maintenance and Associates Employees Union. We regularly represent employees in administrative proceedings before the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Merit Systems Protection Board, state administrative law judges, and civil service boards and arbitrators. We have also represented public employees in pension disputes, promotional challenges, and employee privacy matters.

Our work on behalf of employees include representation in:

  • Civil Service Board Hearings
  • Arbitration
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Administrative hearings
  • Disciplinary hearings and appeals of other adverse personnel actions
  • Pension and disability litigation

City & County Employees

Understanding the rights of city or county employees requires a thorough review of the rules and regulations governing such employment. Often we find that we have to review the city charters and ordinance provisions governing such employment, as well as the collective bargaining agreements and personnel rules applicable to a specific employment situation.

If you are a public employee in Northeast Florida, you should be aware of your rights to challenge disciplinary action or present grievances through either the Civil Service Board system or the grievance and arbitration provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement applicable to your position.

Delegal Law Offices has represented city and county employees in these matters in civil service board hearings, arbitrations, and in state and federal courts. Should you need assistance from our firm, please contact us at our Jacksonville law offices today to schedule an appointment time or send us an email questionnaire by clicking on this link that will help us to determine how we can be of assistance to you. We charge a $500 attorney evaluation fee to meet with any new prospective client.

State Employees

State of Florida employees are entitled to certain rights under the applicable statutes governing career service employment. Delegal Law Offices is committed to protecting the rights of public servants throughout Northeast Florida.

We have represented employees in a variety of formal and informal proceedings including appearances before the State Retirement Commission and the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC).

In addition, most state employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements. These collective bargaining agreements give the employees certain rights to challenge disciplinary action under the collective bargaining system. Our firm has substantial experience in arbitrating such matters on behalf of state and local employees.

If you are a state employee and you need representation in litigation relating to your employment, please contact us at our Jacksonville law offices today to schedule an appointment or send us an email questionnaire by clicking on this link that will help us to determine how we can be of assistance to you. We charge a $500 consultation fee to meet with any new prospective client.

Federal Employees

Our firm has had the honor of representing federal employees in a variety of proceedings, including U.S. Office of Special Counsel investigations, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) hearings, Federal EEO proceedings, and jury trials in federal court.

The MSPB provides federal employees with the opportunity to appeal adverse personnel actions, including removal, reduction, suspension, whistle-blower reprisal and other similar actions.

The MSPB also hears complaints of alleged violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). Postal Service employees may only appeal to the MSPB if they are veteran-preference eligible employees with at least one year of continuous service.

Federal EEO Claims

Federal employees are subject to extremely short timeframes for bringing claims of discrimination based on race, age, sex, disability, national origin, or religion. Such claims must be initiated through an informal EEO complaint within 45 days.

After an informal complaint is filed and reviewed, a formal complaint must be brought within a specific time period. Failure to observe these time periods will result in a loss of any rights a federal employee may have to pursue a claim of discrimination.

After a formal complaint is filed, it is very important for the employee or his or her attorney to specify the exact issue to be investigated. Federal employee EEO claims are subject to a much more extensive investigative process than are claims by private employees and it is generally helpful to have a full and complete review of the witnesses and issues involved in the complaint.

If the employee fails to designate the appropriate issue for investigation, the employee will be prevented from pursuing any other issues in the future.

Once an investigation is completed or a specified period of time has elapsed, the employee may request a hearing before an administrative law judge or may pursue a claim in federal court.

Our office has provided thorough representation on behalf of federal employees in the investigative process and also in hearings before administrative law judges. We have also represented federal employees in court, and have successfully litigated discrimination claims before federal court juries.

Should you wish to discuss these matters further, please contact us at our Jacksonville law offices today to schedule a consultation or send us an email questionnaire by clicking on this link . This will help us to determine how we can be of assistance to you. We charge a $500 attorney evaluation fee to meet with any prospective new client.