There is always a distinction to be made between having various work-related issues pending, perhaps in various litigation stages, as distinguished from intermingling the issues in their various forums.
As has been previously stated multiple times in the past, one has the legal right to make various claims and allegations in different legal forums, without the charge of contradicting one’s self. There are various approaches to accomplishing this: different narratives may be introduced in separate legal forums. Yes, there may be a time when the cross-over occurs, as when statements filed in one forum may be discovered in the course of litigating in another forum.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, however, it is important that the chosen narrative remains sanitized of certain issues — chief among them include work-related issues of harassment, “hostile workplace” allegations, and even too much focus and emphasis upon the workplace as the originating cause of the medical condition (if only because causality is not a necessary factor to be proven, and thus detracts from the essence of a Federal Disability Retirement claim).
The hands may juggle as many balls as one can handle; just make sure that the juggling does not interfere with each other, as it is important to keep the issues separate and distinct. Preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement should include a singular focus, and at the outset, one should decide which legal battle is the more important one for securing one’s economic future.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire