At Tully Rinckey PLLC, we have represented clients in all aspects of employment related issues. No matter what stage you are in your Section 75 issue, we are ready to assist you with our decades of combined experience in employment law. From charges to hearings, our Albany Section 75 attorneys will walk you through each step of your case and make sure you are aware of your rights so that you can make the best legal decisions.
Most of New York’s public employees are protected by Section 75 of the New York Civil Service Laws. Section 75 sets out regulations for disciplinary action taken against public employees. Public employees that are covered by these laws are protected from discipline or termination from their employer except for incompetence or misconduct. These protections are crucial for public employees since it changes the traditional at-will employment structure—which allows for employers to terminate an employee for any non-discriminatory reason—to something more stable.
As noted, not all public employees are granted these protections. Employees not covered include Non-Competitive Class employees with less than five years of continuous service.
Prior to any disciplinary action, public employees must have charges issued against them and have the right to respond to the charges. When responding to any charges, they will have the right to have representation—such as through a private lawyer or union.
At a hearing, an employee will be able to submit evidence—including witness testimonies—to a hearing officer who will take the evidence into account before providing a decision. They will also have the ability to contest evidence and cross examine witnesses as well. By having experienced Section 75 lawyers on your side, you can know what hearing officers are looking for, as well as provide strategies for contesting employer evidence. Once all of the evidence has been heard, the office will make a determination and issue a penalty, should the verdict be guilty.
If found guilty, penalties can range from smaller fines and formal reprimands, to career shifting punishments like suspension without pay, demotion, or termination.
With such serious consequences, it is important that you give yourself every advantage. For any Section 75 issue, the knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC will handle your case with seriousness and care. Adam Grogan is the firm’s leading Section 75 Attorney, having assisted many clients throughout all stages of their employment issues. Our team is ready to fight to protect your rights. Let us represent you today.
To schedule an initial Section 75 consultation with a member of our experienced team, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 8885294543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.