Personnel Board Appeals in Birmingham, AL
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In the Merit System of Jefferson County, Alabama, civil employees hold a position of trust, which means they are held to strict rules and regulations. Violating any of these rules and regulations can lead to disciplinary action and jeopardize your reputation, your wages, and even your career.
If the Jefferson County Personnel Board subjects you to a disciplinary procedure, you must act quickly to defend your rights. In these cases, an understanding of The Personnel Board of Jefferson County’s Rules and Regulations is crucial, as you may have violated a rule without knowledge or awareness or even been the victim of a misunderstanding.
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What Is a ‘For Cause’ Action?
“Classified Employees” are members of The Personnel Board of Jefferson County’s Merit System and include professionals in public safety, city management, medical services, engineering, and more. If any of these nearly 8,000 employees commit a “for cause” action, they may be dismissed, demoted, or suspended.
Types of ‘For Cause’ Actions
For cause actions include:
- Committing a crime
- Being absent without leave
- Abusing leave policies
- Working under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Neglecting your duties
- Damaging public property or wasting public supplies
- Refusing to cooperate with an internal investigation
- Incompetency or inefficiency
- Disorderly or immoral conduct
- Breaking any rules or regulations
- “Conduct unbecoming of a Classified Employee”
Sometimes, Classified Employees are subject to disciplinary action after a mere disagreement with their boss or even printing a document without approval. To keep the system fair for all employees and supervisors, discipline occurs through an official process.
How Does Discipline Work?
The city or agency you work for will usually initiate discipline, but the Jefferson County Personnel Board may also initiate discipline due to citizen complaints. If you are disciplined, you will receive an official notice and have an opportunity to respond.
If you receive notice of discipline, it is in your best interest to contact a Birmingham Personnel Board attorney as soon as possible.
Can You Fight a Disciplinary Action?
Yes, you may fight disciplinary action by requesting a hearing and filing an appeal. A formal hearing is the start of the appeal process and may decide the fate of your career. As such, if you wish to fight a disciplinary action, you should recruit an attorney for assistance.
Understanding the Appeal Process
When the Personnel Board of Jefferson County receives a citizen complaint, it will conduct a hearing all on its own. If the disciplinary action came from the city or agency you work for, you will need to request a hearing. You can use this hearing to appeal your decision.
To begin the appeals process, you must request a hearing within 10 days of receiving disciplinary notice or attend the Board’s hearing, which will take place within 20 days of a citizen complaint. You will also need to draft a formal notice of appeal.
The hearing officer will note this appeal and gather testimony, then they will make a recommendation, so the Board can modify, dismiss, or affirm your disciplinary action
What To Do If You Are Disciplined
If you are disciplined, you must request a hearing, file a notice of appeal, and draft a written answer to the charges you face. After the hearing, you can still appeal The Personnel Board of Jefferson County’s decision in Jefferson County Circuit Court. You must file your circuit claim within 10 days of the decision and handle all court costs. Then, a 3-judge panel will hear your appeal and decide whether the disciplinary action of the board has enough legal evidence to be valid.
Although civil employees hold higher responsibilities, they also have more protection than other employees who get fired, demoted, or put on leave.
Burrell & McCants, LLC will help protect your rights and keep you informed every step of the way. We have a proven track record of successful outcomes, and we will work hard to solve your problems and achieve your goals.
If you receive notice of disciplinary action from the Jefferson County Personnel Board, please call us at (205) 547-3042 or contact us online as soon as possible, so we can discuss your issue during a free, confidential consultation.
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