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swgeezer  
#1 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:37:23 PM(UTC)
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-I came onto this 7,9,11 developmental position with already 4 months as a GS7 in Jan '17

-My boss left a few months after I came on, and she (and I) failed to sign and file my performance standards before she left. My acting supervisor didn't put me on standards either.

-When fiscal Oct '17 came around, I wasn't given a performance appraisal, though I was put on standards.

-By that time I already had 13 months as a GS-7, and I had asked my detailed acting for a promotion. He said he can't. As did the next three actings who I asked for the promotion to 9.

-In Oct 2018 I finally got a new permanent supervisor, and I was given a positive performance rating.

-After 26 months as a 7, just a couple of weeks ago was promoted to 9, (yay!)


Anywho, one of my coworkers said I could sue for lost wages. I thought I would ask this forum.

Any advice is much appreciated.

Thank you in advance.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:41:21 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: swgeezer Go to Quoted Post
-I came onto this 7,9,11 developmental position with already 4 months as a GS7 in Jan '17

-My boss left a few months after I came on, and she (and I) failed to sign and file my performance standards before she left. My acting supervisor didn't put me on standards either.

-When fiscal Oct '17 came around, I wasn't given a performance appraisal, though I was put on standards.

-By that time I already had 13 months as a GS-7, and I had asked my detailed acting for a promotion. He said he can't. As did the next three actings who I asked for the promotion to 9.

-In Oct 2018 I finally got a new permanent supervisor, and I was given a positive performance rating.

-After 26 months as a 7, just a couple of weeks ago was promoted to 9, (yay!)


Anywho, one of my coworkers said I could sue for lost wages. I thought I would ask this forum.

Any advice is much appreciated.

Thank you in advance.


Career ladder promotions aren’t guaranteed (unless contractually obligated), and are at the discretion of management based on a number of factors. Not having a permanent supervisor able to determine whether you were ready to be promoted (and perform higher graded work) is a reasonable excuse for not promoting you. Wouldn’t waste money on a lawyer for this, but have seen more desperate attempts.
The excuse of, "I read it on FederalSoup..." won't work. Please do your due diligence.
swgeezer  
#3 Posted : Friday, November 30, 2018 7:10:42 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for the response. This confirms what most people tell me. Just wanted to make sure with someone outside to make sure I didn't miss the boat on a statute of limitations.
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In the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter that much. Even though you did get kind of a raw deal, how do you think filing a lawsuit is going to set you up for future opportunities and make management think about you? People who give others that kind of advice are usually bitter about their own careers and think “the man” is out to get them. Just bust your butt now and remind HR about 60 days out from when the next promotion is due and your permanent supervisor should do the right thing and promote you. Good luck in your career...
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#5 Posted : Thursday, January 03, 2019 4:59:57 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: swgeezer Go to Quoted Post
Thanks for the response. This confirms what most people tell me. Just wanted to make sure with someone outside to make sure I didn't miss the boat on a statute of limitations.


If you are a member of a union, you should check with your union representative. You may able to file a grievance. I have not idea if it would do any good or not, but it might.

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