Q & A Session –Lawsuits Against Federal Government or Lawmakers


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.


Are federal employees allowed to file class action lawsuits against the federal government or individual lawmakers for recent proposed legislation at the federal employee’s expense?


Anyone can file a lawsuit for any reason. The real question is whether the lawsuit will survive a motion to dismiss. Most likely, a lawsuit such as you describe would be promptly thrown out.

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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