A Settlement Agreement Bars an Appeal Challenging Removal

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.

If at First You Don’t Succeed…Keep on Appealing

An applicant for a federal job with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) had been barred from federal employment because of a negative suitability determination by OPM. She appealed the disbarment to MSPB and signed a settlement agreement. When she did not get selected by BOP she filed a petition to get the MSPB to enforce the settlement agreement. She lost there and then went to federal court where the court agreed that she was trying to add provisions into the settlement agreement that OPM had not been willing to previously accept.