Public-sector employees who have passed probation typically have more job protection than that which is provided by law to private sector workers. They typically are considered to have a constitutionally protected “property interest” in continued employment, requiring the employer to have just cause before discharge can occur. Public employees may be protected from wrongful termination or discipline in several ways. Here, the law often provides protections and procedures which differ considerably from those available to private sector workers. Public employees often may have more than one option to consider when confronted with wrongful employer conduct. Various factors may need to be considered to determine which option to pursue, so it is important to obtain proper and timely legal counsel in making that choice. The rules which govern such matters, and the forums for dispute resolution, can differ significantly from those which apply to private employment disputes. Many employment lawyers do not handle public sector employment disputes. Our office does, and we welcome the opportunity to review your matter and assist in getting an optimal result for you.