Legal Services Good News

TSEA members enjoy access to an Legal Services staff that provides advice, assistance, and representation for job-related problems and questions including applications, registers and ratings, performance evaluations, reductions-in-force (RIF), workplace safety, and employee disciplinary actions.

Here are a few examples of how TSEA’s Legal Services staff has helped members recently:

  • A member with the Department of Correction was terminated. We attended the Step 1 hearing and the commissioner found the termination inappropriate. It was then modified to a two day suspension with back pay.
  • A member with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities appealed the termination. It was overturned and modified to a two day suspension with back pay awarded.
  • The Department of Correction dismissed a member. The member appealed it and after their hearing, it was reduced to a five day suspension with back pay.
  • Another member with the Department of Correction was terminated. After the appeal hearing, the termination was modified to a written warning with back pay.
  • The Department of Correction gave a member a one day suspension. After the appeal hearing, it was reduced to a written warning and the member was reimbursed back pay for one day.
  • A member with the Department of Correction appealed a termination. After the hearing, the dismissal was modified to a ten day suspension with back pay.
  • The Department of Revenue gave one of our members a written warning. We requested a review, and the decision from this review was to dismiss the written warning.
  • A member with the Department of Children’s Services received a written warning. We requested a review and it was decided to reduce the written warning to an oral warning.
  • A member with the Department of Correction was terminated. After their appeal hearing at Step 1, it was decided to reduce the termination to a five day suspension. The member returned to their job and was awarded back pay and benefits.
  • The Department of Correction suspended a member for 10 days. After the Step 2 Appeal, it was reduced to a 5 day suspension, and ultimately, reduced it to a written warning with 5 days back pay and benefits reimbursed.
  • A member with the Department of Correction received a termination. After their Step 3 Appeal Hearing, the Board of Appeals reduced the termination to a 10 day suspension, and ordered the department to put the employee back to work with back pay and benefits.
  • A member with the Department of Correction had their one day suspension reduced to a written warning and was reimbursed their one day of pay.
  • Department of Correction suspended a member for ten days. After their hearing, it was reduced to a five day suspension with reimbursement of five days’ pay.
  • A member with the Department of Mental Health accepted an offer to resign in lieu of the termination they received.
  • We helped a member in the Department of Children’s Services and a member in the Department of Labor and Workforce with filing workplace harassment papers and we suggested mediation to them. They both agreed to try mediation first.
  • A member decided to take a settlement offer from the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, thereby changing their termination to a resignation.
  • Another member from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; after their hearing, it was decided to reduce their one day suspension to a written warning.
  • A termination was given to a member in the Department of Correction. After their hearing, it was decided to reduce their termination to a five day suspension, and they were put back to their position and given back pay.
  • After a hearing in the Department of Correction, a member’s two day suspension was reduced to a written warning and was reimbursed their two days of pay.
  • A member attended mediation for their termination from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. They accepted a settlement offer of $5,000, resigned with the original termination taken off their record, and were awarded unemployment.

As you can see, it pays to be a member of TSEA! To find out more about what TSEA’s Legal Services department can do for you, contact your TSEA field rep or call the TSEA office toll-FREE at 1-800-251-8732. And remember, we can only help if you are a member!

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