Annapolis-Based Government Employee Attorney
Serving Federal Employees Throughout the U.S.
Government employees may have unique rights not You have the right to be treated in comportment with employment laws. These laws were passed to ensure that employees, including Maryland State employees and Local Government (County, bi-county, and municipal) employees, are not discriminated against, are not retaliated against for engaging in protected activity, to ensure that they receive all wages they are entitled to, and to ensure that all other benefits they are entitled to are not denied.
At the Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo LLC, we have helped many government employees assert their rights against their employers. We have decades of experience representing Federal, Maryland State employees and Local Government employees in their various types of employment claims
As a government employee you may have certain constitutional rights from actions taken by your employer. For instance, your First Amendment Rights, Fourth Amendment rights and Due Process rights may apply to you. These constitutional rights are not unfettered and whether, indeed, your actions fall under those constitutional protections will depend on the specific facts at play.
Certain categories of employees have rights to appeals, up through a hearing when adverse action is taken against them. Others may not have as robust procedural rights when faced with adverse actions because their positions are not recognized as having “property rights.” Nonetheless, you may still have claims based on constitutional violations.
Further, as an employee of either a State or Local government, you have rights under the First amendment. This right does not mean that you are free to speak however you want and if you are faced with an adverse action due to statements or actions you have taken the specific facts will be very important in pursuing any claim arising from that adverse action.
As a State or Local government employee, you have certain rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. As an example, in most instances, the State or local government, as your employer, are permitted to monitor your work email where they own and provide the computer equipment and it is intended to be used for work purposes only. Once again, whether you have a viable claim arising from actions taken by your employer, will depend on the specific facts at play.
For that reason, reaching out to an experienced attorney who is familiar with these types of claims, is critical in assessing and asserting your rights.
Certain Maryland State employees and Local Government employees have specific grievance and appeal rights when faced with adverse employment actions. This may include appeals up through the Office of Administrative Hearings and appeals to Maryland State courts.
Discrimination and Retaliation
As a government employee, you have a right to be free from discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. If you believe you have been discriminated and/or retaliated against, we can help you preserve your claims, represent you through administrative processes, and bring your claims to court.