The Spiggle Law Firm, which focuses on employment matters such as severance agreements and discrimination, is expanding its federal employee law practice. Attorneys Rob Porter and Joanne Dekker will chair the new group.
“We see a lot of federal sector employees, so we wanted to have lawyers who are devoted to that,” firm founder Tom Spiggle told Bloomberg Law.
Federal employees “have constitutional protections, most notably due process rights, that private sector employees don’t have,” Spiggle said. They also must follow procedures different from those that private sector employees abide by when pursuing discrimination cases under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he said.
“Now federal sector employees can rely pretty heavily on their unions,” but “there will be a greater need” for legal representation of federal employees if their unions lose clout following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, he said. That ruling said that public workers who aren’t union members can’t be compelled to contribute “fair share” fees to cover the union’s costs.
Spiggle said he expects the federal employee services to be concentrated in the firm’s offices in Washington and Arlington, Va. The firm also has an office in Nashville, Tenn.
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