As a government employee you may have certain constitutional rights from actions taken by your employer. For instance, your First Amendment Rights, Fourth Amendment rights and Due Process rights may apply to you. These constitutional rights are not unfettered and whether, indeed, your actions fall under those constitutional protections will depend on the specific facts at play.
Certain categories of employees have rights to appeals, up through a hearing when adverse action is taken against them. Others may not have as robust procedural rights when faced with adverse actions because their positions are not recognized as having “property rights.” Nonetheless, you may still have claims based on constitutional violations.
Further, as an employee of either a State or Local government, you have rights under the First amendment. This right does not mean that you are free to speak however you want and if you are faced with an adverse action due to statements or actions you have taken the specific facts will be very important in pursuing any claim arising from that adverse action.
As a State or Local government employee, you have certain rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. As an example, in most instances, the State or local government, as your employer, are permitted to monitor your work email where they own and provide the computer equipment and it is intended to be used for work purposes only. Once again, whether you have a viable claim arising from actions taken by your employer, will depend on the specific facts at play.
For that reason, reaching out to an experienced attorney who is familiar with these types of claims, is critical in assessing and asserting your rights.