Government employees – those who work for cities, states, the federal government and more – have special rights and protections that non-government workers do not have; but with those rights come myriad responsibilities and procedural demands which must be followed to secure the benefits of those special rights and protections.
This applies to employees who work for governmental entities such as the city or county of San Diego, the state of California, civilian employees of the federal government including the Department of Navy, Marines, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (Border Patrol), school districts, water districts, universities, other administrative agencies, and more.
If such employees are facing a letter of discharge, a performance improvement plan, a notice of removal or suspension or alleged discrimination or retaliation in their workplace, there is a system of due process which their employer must follow as governed by State, Federal and in some respects, Constitutional law. Likewise, there are systems and procedures which the employee must learn about, adhere to and act upon. Each entity has different rules. For example, the Department of the Navy has its own system for handling employee disputes, which differs in certain respects to those followed by State of California Department of Insurance, both of which will differ drastically from the laws applying to private (non-governmental) workers under state and federal employment laws.
When facing issues involving potential sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination, government employees should immediately consult with experienced, government employment law counsel to ensure their rights and the ability to pursue justice in their situation are protected.
Michael Freeland has been practicing law for 25 years and specializes in representation of government employees. Contact Freeland Law APC for a consultation with Michael Freeland, experienced employment lawyer serving San Diego, California.
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