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Defending Federal Employees in Disciplinary Cases

Defending Thousands of Federal Employees Over the Past 25 Years in Disciplinary Cases Approximately 20,000 federal employees are subject to disciplinary actions a year. Our nationwide federal employee lawyers represent federal employees in these disciplinary cases before their federal agencies. Each disciplinary action defense is unique and should be evaluated by attorneys familiar with federal […]


Representing Federal Employees in the Grievance Process

Our law firm represents federal employees in the grievance process. Most, if not all federal agencies have their own federal employee grievance procedures for employees who wish to bring employment disputes forward for resolution.  Why Federal Employees Use the Grievance Process Generally, federal employees utilize a federal agency’s grievance process when other legal options do […]


Representing Contractors in NSA Security Clearance Appeals

Representing NSA Employees and Federal Contractors in Security Clearance Appeals Our security clearance lawyers represent government contractors before the National Security Agency (NSA) in security clearance matters. As those seeking cleared positions know, the NSA is an intelligence agency with its own unique security clearance process through Executive Order 12968 and Security Executive Agent Directive […]


EEO Mediation for Federal Employees

This article discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) mediation process for federal employees. Our law firm represents federal employees in discrimination, harassment, retaliation and sexual harassment cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or individual federal agency EEO offices. Many retaliation, discrimination or sexual harassment cases filed through the EEO process proceed to mediation, […]


Wrongful Termination Tips for Virginia Employees

By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

This article contains wrongful termination tips for Virginia employees. Our law firm represents individuals in Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area when they are terminated from their employment illegally. This is often referred to as wrongful termination. Many issues come into play when an employee is terminated. These employment issues are compounded by anxiety, […]


Hiring a Severance Agreement Lawyer in Virginia

By Kimberly H. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

In Virginia, most employees are considered “at-will” which usually means they can be terminated at any time and for any reason, unless illegal. Even if an employee is considered “at will” when an employee’s employment ends, an employer may offer severance to an employee in exchange for the employee’s waiver of his or her rights, […]


Security Clearance Lawyers Nationwide

Welcome to the law firm of Berry and Berry, PLLC in the Metropolitan, Washington D.C. area where we specialize in the nationwide legal representation of individuals in security clearance matters. We take our responsibilities to clients very seriously in attempting to help them keep or obtain security clearances. We often represent security clearance holders or […]


Virginia Approves Pro-Employee Overtime Law

By John V. Berry, www.berrylegal.com

Virginia did not have its own overtime laws until recent approval of the Virginia Overtime Wage Act (“VOWA”), in Virginia House Bill 2063, signed on March 30, 2021 by Governor Ralph Northam. Before VOWA, those that sought unpaid overtime compensation had to previously rely on federal law through the Fair Labor Standards Act, known as FLSA.  While VOWA […]


Douglas Factors for Federal Employees

By John V. Berry, Esq., www.berrylegal.com

Douglas factors for federal employee disciplinary cases are critical. There are typically two parts to a federal employee’s disciplinary case: (1) whether the federal employee committed the offense charged; and (2) if they committed the offense, what should the penalty be? One of the most significant issues in defending a federal employee in disciplinary cases […]


Virginia Passes Legislation to Allow Employees to Sue for Unpaid Wages and Triple Damages

By John V. Berry, www.berrylegal.com

New legislation has been passed in Virginia to protect employees from employers that do not pay wages that are owed.  If Virginia House Bill 123 is either signed by Governor Ralph Northam or not acted upon by April 11, 2020, employees will have new rights to pursue unpaid wages. Virginia House Bill 123 has been passed by both the […]


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