I’m posting an additional blog this week asking for some advice from all you fine folks on GovLoop for a friend of mine. He too is a government employee of long standing. He works in an agency known as a dumping ground for outgoing political appointees who now need government jobs and unfortunately he is in his late fifties. After repeated pointed talks about retirement and some moves and changes of duties, his management has made some bizarre allegations and put him on paid administrative leave. Among other outlandish accusations, they claim that he was living in his office. Now, I’ve known this guy, his wife, and his family for years and I’ve dealt with him professionally as well; he is sort of my opposite number at another department.
It seems obvious that this is a scare tactic to force him into retirement and avoid having to defend against age discrimination. I was floored to hear about this, but I readily picked up that this tactic could be used against any of us when we hit a certain age. I had an uncle who used to manage a chain grocery store. When he approached the age where he would be fully vested in their pension fund, he was suddenly moved from one store to the next, each further and further away into far areas of the state. He caved and retired with the lesser pension.
I advised my friend to obtain legal counsel as the personnel offices have folks to advise you, but let’s face it, they work for the same management. Does anyone have any advice I can pass on concerning what to do or who to see? My friend may not only find himself railroaded into early retirement, but his pension may be in danger as well. Help is appreciated!