Q & A Session – US Citizenship for Civil Service


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


When I first applied and was hired onto my position two years ago, the job required permanent residency. Since I have a green card and am a permanent resident, I was hired after an interview process and background check. Recently, I was told the position requires citizenship, and I have been stripped of my responsibilities. Is this allow under EEO and what are my rights?


U.S. citizenship, with a few exceptions, is a requirement for a civil service job. Citizenship status is not protected under EEO law and your rights are limited to those your agency will allow you to have.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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