Q & A Session – Reduction in Salary


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.


As an employee with the judiciary, my position was eliminated and I accepted a position under saved grade, saved pay. The position that I accepted was downgraded from a GS-11 to a GS-9 when it was offered to me. Now, the Judicial Conference has voted to eliminate saved grade, saved pay and I face a $15,000 annual pay-cut. What, if any, remedies are left for me other than to find a new job?


The judiciary has independent personnel rules and the authority to change them. You can file a grievance, but if this action is pursuant to a new policy and the policy is applied fairly to you, I doubt the grievance would be successful.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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