Employment Law

Employment Law Experience Matters

Whether partnering with companies or working to protect individuals’ rights, the team and Kitchens New Cleghorn brings experienced credentials from both the public and private sectors to your employment issues. This unique combination of past achievement enables us to deliver expert legal council to create positive outcomes for our clients.


FREQUENTLY REQUESTED TOPICS

MSPB – Merit Systems Protection Board

If you are a Federal Employee who has been wrongfully terminated, suspended, demoted, harassed or treated unfairly, our MSPB attorneys can help. With over sixty years of combined experience litigating cases before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the MSPB appeals attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC are well-versed in Federal Employment Law and can provide the rigorous representation you’ll need in court.

The firm’s MSPB practice is headed by attorneys Joyce Kitchens and Stuart Miller. MSPB Attorney Joyce Kitchens began her legal career representing the Department of Veterans Affairs in hundreds of MSPB appeals cases. Stuart Miller served as Past President of the Merit Systems Protection Board Professional Association, and served as an Administrative Judge with the Merit Systems Protection Board, Atlanta Regional Office, for 21 years (1991-2012). Needless to say, both MSBP attorneys Kitchens and Stuart, now in private practice with Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, are familiar with Federal Employment and MSPB Law inside and out.

At the law firm of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, our job is to provide informed representation in order to assess and prosecute cases in front of Administrative Judges and, when necessary, file Petitions for Review to the Board. Whether you are looking for a Federal Discipline lawyer, Federal Removal lawyer, Federal Suspension attorney or MSPB appeals attorney we can help you with your case!


DO NO COMPETE CLAUSE/COVENANT

Covenants to not compete are agreements that restrict the ability of an individual to work in a particular field for a certain period of time and within a certain geographic area. These type of agreements are becoming ever more frequent seeing as the allow employers can better protect their interests by preventing their employees from engaging in unfair competition against them; however, these contracts can often prevent an employee from exploring a promising career path due to an agreement that meant little to them when they were signing.

Because of this, it is critical that both contractors take time while drafting their covenant not to compete and employees spend time evaluating their covenant not to compete before signing. The attorneys here at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC have experience in this particular field and can help counsel you all stages of this process whether it be in drafting, signing, or later determining the enforceability of a covenant not to compete.


EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT REVIEW OR CREATION

Negotiating an employment contract is about bringing parties together in order to create a contract that maximizes the possibilities for both parties as much as possible. In order to do so it is critical that both parties have the same goals in order to craft a sustainable employer-employee relationship. At Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC we work to analyze the needs for both parties and from there we work to ensure that your contract suits your needs. We recognize that issues like compensation always exist as well as the importance to prepare for contingencies such as change in control, severance provisions, tax issues, and the scope of authority and duration of your agreement. We understand that each situation presents its own opportunities and challenges and will work with you to ensure that your particular contract protects your needs and maintains your professional relationship.


EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION ISSUE OR CONTROVERSY

Federal employment issues function differently than those employed in the private sector. The attorney’s at Kitchens New Cleghorn have experience representing and working with employees that work for the federal government in a variety of agencies both domestically and abroad. Because of this, we can ensure that we assist you in taking legal steps to protect your rights and interests in any legal action before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

These issues can take their form in a variety of different ways ranging from adverse actions that can include issues such as suspension from work, termination, demotion, or other adverse actions that you can identify. Other types of issues can emerge from age discrimination, disability discrimination, discontinued service retirement, employee investigations, federal disability retirement, federal employment discrimination, prohibited personnel practices, sexual harassment, termination and removal action, as well as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.


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