Q & A Session – Supervisoral Positions


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.


Can a less qualified non-supervisoral federal police office (acting sergeant) bump a more qualified supervisorial police officer off his shift? Don’t position descriptions mean anything?


This is a hard question to answer without knowing more. What does your union contract say? How clear was the management direction? At least on the short form, management could override a position description. It’s not necessarily a good long-term practice, but it also does not give rise to legal entitlements.

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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