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Prohibited Practices

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Prohibited Personnel Practices are employment actions a government official may not take. There are 13 categories of Personnel Practices prohibited by statute, 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b), which provides, among other things, that agency officials are not permitted to:

discriminate, consider improper recommendations, coerce political activity, obstruct competition or encourage a candidate to withdraw from competition, grant a preference not authorized by law, engage in nepotism, retaliate for whistleblowing or the exercise of a grievance or appeal right, knowingly violate the preference rights of a veteran, or engage in other actions that would violate a law, rule or regulation that implements the merit system principles. Source

An employee who becomes aware of a prohibited personnel practice may file a whistleblower complaint with the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency which has the authority to investigate and prosecute such cases on behalf of federal workers.

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If you have been wrongly accused of committing an Prohibited Personnel Practice, are facing an investigation into such a charge, or if the Agency has proposed disciplinary action against you, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced employment law counsel to guide and represent you through the process.

If you have observed a Prohibited Personnel Process, our firm can represent and guide you through the process.

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