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A former Air Force employee signed a settlement agreement that gave him a clean record and a cool $25,000 in cash to wipe out his removal appeal. He took the agreement and the cash then took his case to court arguing the agreement had been coerced and he should not have been fired. His arguments did not generate any sympathy with the court.
A former EPA attorney challenged his removal for misuse of agency time and resources to carry on an outside law practice by arguing that the agency was inconsistent in levying penalties because it did not fire employees who participated in the annual NCAA basketball tournament office pool. The argument fell on unsympathetic ears.
The recent case involving a federal employee who was reprimanded by the Social Security Administration for passing gas at work had a humorous aspect to it, the author points out that there is a serious aspect to the case as well in terms of legal precedent.
Some federal employees who engage in extramarital affairs do not believe their personal relationships should have any bearing on their employment, even if that relationship is of a sexual nature with someone other than his or her spouse. However, what happens in the bedroom can haunt them in the office.