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NYC Civil Service Disciplinary Appeals Defense Lawyer

Manhattan Civil Service Disciplinary Appeals  Lawyer

Attorney Representing New York Civil Service Employees in Disciplinary Appeals

The civil service disciplinary process can be a two-edged sword. On one hand, it protects tenured employees from unfair or politically-motivated employer actions. On the other hand, it enables public employers to remove employees who fail to adhere to any one of the numerous standards and policies set by their employer.

If you have been through the process of investigation, charges, and a hearing—perhaps without the benefit of legal counsel—and you disagree with the result, you have one last chance to fight back. If you believe that you were erroneously found guilty of incompetence or misconduct, or that the penalty imposed was unduly harsh, you can file a disciplinary appeal.

The attorneys of Watford Jackson, PLLC can help you file an appeal and present oral and/or written arguments in your favor. Lawyers Gregory J. Watford and Joey Jackson have over 40 years of combined experience in criminal and civil service defense law in New York City. Our civil service disciplinary defense team will go over your case in detail and come up with a strategy for your appeal. You can count on our dedication to do everything possible to win your appeal.

Appealing a Civil Service Disciplinary Determination and Penalty in New York

When a civil service employer files disciplinary charges of incompetence and/or misconduct against a tenured employee, and the employee is found guilty of at least one of the specific charges, the employer may impose any one of the following penalties:

  • A letter of reprimand.
  • A fine of up to $100 which will be deducted from the employee's paycheck.
  • Suspension without pay for up to two months.
  • Demotion in grade and title.
  • Dismissal from civil service employment.

Under Section 76 of the New York Civil Service Law, the employee has the right to appeal the determination of guilt and any penalty except a letter of reprimand. The appeal can be filed with either the local Civil Service Commission or the County or Supreme Court pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Laws and Rules.

Filing a Disciplinary Appeal in New York

An appeal to the appropriate state or municipal Civil Service Commission must be filed within 20 days of being personally served with notice of the disciplinary determination, or within 23 days when notice is received by registered mail. An appeal to the County or Supreme Court pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Laws and Rules must be filed within 120 days of being personally served with notice of the disciplinary determination.

Understanding the NY Civil Service Appeals Process

The Commission will notify the employee by U.S. Certified Mail of the date on which they must appear for a conference, which should occur within 90 days. Prior to the conference, the Commissioners will review the transcript of the disciplinary hearing and any other related. During the conference, both the employer and the employee (along with their attorneys) will have the opportunity to present arguments. Following the conference, the commissioners will meet and decide whether to affirm, reverse, or modify the employer's determination of guilt and the associated penalty. The appellant will be notified of the decision by U.S. Certified Mail within 90 days. The decision of the Civil Service Commission is final and not subject to further review in any court.

NYC Lawyer for Civil Service Disciplinary Appeals

If you are a tenured civil service employee who has been ruled guilty of misconduct or incompetence, you may want to appeal that decision, particularly if the penalty is suspension without pay, demotion, or dismissal. A private attorney can help you fight that disciplinary action. Contact the attorneys at Watford Jackson, PLLC at 855-928-5225. We are fully prepared to mount an aggressive defense to protect your legal rights and your job. We handle civil service employment cases in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan and in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. We Stand For You.


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