Getting demoted at work can be a crushing blow to your career. However, it’s especially devastating and unjust when you know you were wrongfully demoted.
Maybe your boss decided to demote you because of your skin color or gender. Or perhaps your boss demoted you because you made a complaint about a legal or ethical violation in your workplace.
Regardless of the reason, it’s essential that you preserve your rights immediately and defend yourself against your employer’s actions.
To get in touch with an experienced federal employment attorney, contact the team at the Federal Employment Law Office of Aaron D. Wersing, PLLC for immediate assistance.
What Does Wrongfully Demoted Mean?
When a person says they have been demoted, they mean that they’ve been reduced to a lower rank or less senior position.
For example, a federal supervisor may demote their subordinate from a GS-13 job to a GS-12 position.
Sometimes, demotions are implemented as a form of discipline, to hold an employee accountable for alleged misconduct or poor performance.
Other times, employees receive a demotion because of illegal, discriminatory reasons.
It’s important to understand that federal discrimination laws prohibit any adverse actions, including demotions, for illegal and discriminatory reasons.
More specifically, you cannot receive a demotion because of your:
- National origin,
- Sexual orientation,
- Religious beliefs,
- Medical disability, or
- Prior protected activity (like filing a complaint)
If you think you are being demoted at work because of one of these discriminatory reasons, you need to act quickly.
You can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You may also have the right to appeal your demotion with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
These avenues are very different, and it is important to speak to an attorney familiar with the unique rights of employees of the federal government.
Whatever appeal path you take, it’s essential that you act in a timely manner. Although the law grants you the right to hold your employer accountable for discrimination, you cannot wait very long.
Otherwise, your complaint will be untimely, and a judge will likely toss it out.
Want to Learn More About Your Options After Being Wrongfully Demoted at Work?
Now that you know what being wrongfully demoted means, you’re probably wondering what to do next.
You also know why wrongful demotions can happen and what agencies you can file a complaint or appeal with, but you’re probably unsure of how to actually start the process.
Knowing that you’ve been wrongfully demoted is just the beginning of your journey for justice.
At the Federal Employment Law Office of Aaron D. Wersing, PLLC, our attorneys will do everything possible to protect your rights.
When you walk through our doors, we know you’re hurting and need some help. We want to sit down with you to hear your story.
But then we will use our knowledge and experience to apply the law to your case. We’ll show you your options.
Whatever you decide, we promise to aggressively pursue justice for you. On top of that, we will provide you with outstanding customer service.
To us, you’re not a number. You’re a human being with a valuable story and inherent rights. Together, we can help you gain the compensation you deserve for your wrongful demotion.
Because we are passionate about defending the rights of federal employees, our federal employment lawyers offer all potential clients a free initial consultation.