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  • 3 Legal Disputes With Key Lessons for Federal Agencies, Managers - April 223, 2024
  • Mitchell Berger, MPH, FEDweek

    Some employees will sue their agencies and others may leave or quietly quit. Because such cases leave a publicly accessible paper trail, potential lessons can be learned from situations in which agencies face employee complaints and litigation.

    Three such cases – involving personnel with the Department of Health and Human Services – and lessons learned involving Veteran preferences, disrespectful treatment in the workplace and a whistleblower complaint are highlighted below.

    Veteran preferences

    Reading cases filed by John Paul Jones III, an Albuquerque-based Veteran seeking redress for what he viewed as Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) agencies’ failure to follow requirements pertaining to Veterans preference I was reminded that Sun Tzu once said that the “victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory,” or as Gordon Gecko more bluntly put it in Wall Street, “Every battle is won before it is ever fought.”

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