Q & A Session – Denial of Promotion


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 GS-9 and I was denied a promotion to a GS-11. However, how much of the GS-11 position description do I need to be performing to demonstrate I am working at the next level?


To receive a career ladder promotion, you must demonstrate the ability to perform at the next higher level. If you are believe you are the victim of illegal discrimination, you of course may file an EEO complaint.


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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