Q & A Session – Options to Get Job Back after Request for Union Steward Denied by IG


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 was approached by an OIG after I requested union representation. I was taken in for an interview and I requested a steward again, but none was provided.

What chance do I have getting my job back after the OIG stated he caught me taking items from the damage mail? What are my options?


The IG is not part of the agency and is not required to honor your request for union representation. If the evidence shows you taking items from damaged mail, I think your chances of getting your job back are small, but you should check with your union for help in appealing or grieving your situation.

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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