The very complexity of a case can often intersect with attempting to include collateral issues which arise in the workplace. This is true for those filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS. Of course a Federal or Postal employee may pursue independent but collateral issues, such as an EEOC Complaint, an independent issue governed by the Merit Systems Protection Board, a grievance issue through the agency, etc., and for the most part, such issues will be treated independently and will not directly impact a Federal Disability Retirement application, unless you choose to directly inject the issue into the application. That would normally not be a wise decision. It is important to keep the collateral issues as separate and apart from the Federal Disability Retirement application, unless that particular collateral issue has a direct bearing upon proving that, as a result of a medical condition, you are no longer able to perform one or more of the essential elements of your job. Otherwise, you unnecessarily complicate your disability retirement case.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire