Q & A Session – Rescinded Offer for Government Contractor


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.


I am a government contractor and was offered a position and attended orientation. However, I was told later that there was an issue regarding the adjudication of my security clearance and the offer was rescinded. Previously I have been granted security clearances and could not find any issues in my security records. I have not been provided with any information why I was let go. What options do I have?


It sounds to me like you have a lot of speculation, but no proof about why you were let go. Government contractors are usually are usually at will employers and can remove their employees for any reason, except an illegal one, such as discrimination. Even though you were told there was a security clearance issue, you were never formally advised and it looks like from your review it is not true. You should still be able to get a job elsewhere that requires a clearance.

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

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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