Q & A Session – Management Avoiding Favoritism


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.


There is a lot of favoritism shown in my agency. What is the best way for management to avoid it?


Your question does not have a specific answer. Instead, it is rooted in leadership, fostered and developed in training and career development of future leaders. It requires a lot of hard work to change what you describe as a dysfunctional culture.


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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  1. was released from my job due to a permenant profile, I submitted papers for a medical disability retirement due to agrivation on the job and was told it was denied–what are my options. my boss said I can come back to work, but I feel it’s a set up for fireing due to the limited things I can do. more info avail, but was told the post office does not have a job for me at this time, not even behind a desk?!

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