Predetermination Conferences in Florida (EEOC)

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Are you an employee of a state agency or department in Florida? Have you been notified that disciplinary charges were filed against you by your supervisor or administrator? If so, you have the right to contest both the underlying charges and your employer’s proposed disciplinary action through a predetermination conference.

Predetermination allows you to provide your employer with information and evidence that may convince it to revise or withdraw its proposed disciplinary action. But you should not start this high-stakes process without a Tallahassee employment attorney from Cruz Law Firm, P.A., by your side.

When your rights and employment are on the line, turn to Florida’s leading employment law firm. Our legal team is ready to fight to protect your job, professional reputation, and career if you are accused of committing disciplinary violations at work. We will answer your questions and provide the knowledge you need to negotiate the state employee disciplinary process.

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Reach out to Cruz Law for an initial claim evaluation with our Tallahassee employment lawyers to learn more about what to expect in a predetermination conference. We can guide you through the internal investigation and disciplinary process, standing by your side at every step and providing you with the advice and support you need to get through this trying time.

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What Are Florida Predetermination Conferences?

In Florida, state employees have the right to request a predetermination conference. A predetermination conference is a meeting in which the employee can respond to disciplinary charges filed against them. The purpose of a predetermination conference is to avoid erroneous or arbitration disciplinary actions against employees; allow the state employer to reconsider the disciplinary charges after receiving the employee’s response and supporting information; or permit the employer to affirm or alter the proposed disciplinary action.

At a predetermination conference, an employee may refute or rebut the allegations supporting the disciplinary charges filed against them; explain the conduct that gave rise to the disciplinary charges; or argue why the proposed discipline is too severe.

Following the conference, an employer may move forward with the proposed disciplinary action; revise the discipline to be imposed; or withdraw the disciplinary charges against the employee. Further, employees may seek arbitration or union grievance procedures if their state employer chooses to move forward with discipline.

How to Prepare for a Predetermination Conference

The stakes are high when facing disciplinary action, and you should plan ahead. As you prepare for your predetermination conference, you should consider taking the following steps: