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Here are just a few of the many internet sites that may be helpful to you, as a federal employee, if you believe you may have an employment related legal issue:

Discrimination: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website is located at: http://www.eeoc.gov. An outline of federal laws prohibiting discrimination are found at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html. Cornell University has assembled several resources regarding discrimination at http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/employment_discrimination.html. Federal sector information, including the regulations applicable to the processing of federal sector complaints is located at http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.html. Information regarding the complaint process is also found at: http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-fed.html

Misconduct: Adverse Actions and Discipline: The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) website is located at http://www.mspb.gov. If you are interested in filing an appeal with the MSPB, go to http://www.mspb.gov/foia/forms-pubs/qaappeal.html to get started. If you are unsure in which regional office to file your appeal, go to http://www.mspb.gov/offices/regions/regions.html for a list of the regions, and what areas of the country are covered. The regulations governing proceedings before the MSPB are found at: http://www.mspb.gov/aboutus/title5cfr/title5cfr.html and decision of the MSPB are found at http://www.mspb.gov/decisions/decisions.html.

Performance-Related Discipline: OPM’s regulations governing agency performance based reduction in grade or removal actions are found at http://www.opm.gov/cfr/index.htm. OPM’s guidance to employers regarding performance related issues can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/perform/poor/index.html-ssi. If you are interested in filing an appeal with the MSPB regarding a performance based action, go to http://www.mspb.gov/foia/forms-pubs/qaappeal.html to get started and see the above listed links to the MSPB.

Whistleblowing and Prohibited Personnel Practices: The Office of Special Counsel website is located at: http://www.osc.gov. Whistleblower disclosures are discussed at http://www.osc.gov/wbdisc.htm and prohibited personnel practices at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm. If you are interested in filing an Individual Right of Action appeal with the MSPB, refer to the MSPB sites listed above. The regulations governing whistleblower appeals are found at http://www.mspb.gov/aboutus/title5cfr/5cfr1209.html.

Unions and Collective Bargaining: The website of the Federal Relations Authority, the independent agency responsible for administering the labor-management relations program for federal employees, is located at: http://www.flra.gov/. Information regarding arbitration appeals is located at http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-fed.html and information regarding unfair labor practice charges can be found at http://www.flra.gov/14.html.

An outline of the unemployment compensation for federal employees is located at http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/unemcomp.asp. The DOL’s “About Unemployment Insurance” is located at http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/aboutui.asp

The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended: http://www.usdoj.gov/foia/privstat.htm. The Department of Justice Overview of the Privacy Act: http://www.usdoj.gov/04foia/04_7_1.html and of the Freedom of Information Act http://www.usdoj.gov/04foia/.

Search Title V of the Code of Federal Regulations which is applicable to federal employees and their employment at http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-in/cfrassemble.cgi?title=199805

General Employment Law Websites: http://www.elinfonet.com/ (employment law); http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/employment.html (employment law); http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/employment_discrimination.html (employment discrimination); http://www.elinfonet.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=18 (employment law discussion forum)

General Legal Websites: http://findlaw.com or http://www.law.cornell.edu/

** This information is provided by the attorneys at Passman & Kaplan, P.C., a law firm dedicated to the representation of federal employees worldwide. For more information on Passman & Kaplan, P.C., go to http://www.passmanandkaplan.com. **