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 have colleagues that perform personal activities on government time and are sometimes so loud it disrupts my ability to concentrate. It has prevented me from being able to get my work done. Are there laws, policies or guidelines that govern noise producing activities which impede my ability to complete my work?
The situation you describe should not be allowed to continue. If your supervisor won’t deal with it, you can file a grievance to elevate it. The American taxpayer deserves better than to have such wasteful and disruptive practices occurring in federal workplaces.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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