I am a California attorney and cannot give legal advice in your state. My comments are information only, based on federal law and general legal principles. YOUR STATE MAY HAVE ITS OWN LAWS THAT OFFER SIMILAR OR GREATER PROTECTION. If I mention your state’s laws, it only means I did a quick Internet search and found something that looked relevant. You MUST check with an attorney licensed in your state to learn your rights.
I understand your anxiety about this, and it sounds really awful. The best thing you can do is follow whatever course your attorney suggests. No one here on Avvo can come close to giving you helpful guidance when compared to your own attorney, who knows the facts, the judge, the defense attorney and the procedural status of the case.
Most judges have seen unethical behavior, and seemingly unethical behavior, by a party or the party's attorney many, many times, and have their own ways of dealing with this problem. Sometimes they let in all the evidence anyway because doing so makes it harder for the unscrupulous attorney to claim there was no fair play. If your attorney regularly handles federal employee cases, the judge may know him or her, and assuming your attorney has been ethical and competent, the judge will have that experience in mind. On the other hand, perhaps your fears are justified and the other attorney is inappropriately damaging your case. No one here on Avvo knows what is going on and how to deal with it as well as your attorney.
FYI there are many reasons attorneys reject cases. I have never, ever known of an attorney rejecting a case due to fear of going against the federal government. Attorneys are generally not timid, and we are regularly in adversarial proceedings. More likely, the other attorneys you contacted did not know the extremely complicated procedures that federal employees must follow in EEO cases. These are very, very different from the private sector procedures. You should be relieved that you don't have an attorney who agreed to represent you even though the attorney isn't competent in this area of law.
Some attorneys only do wage and hour cases. Some only do discrimination cases. Some only handle cases where the employee is terminated. Some only represent federal government employees. There are all kinds of employment law practices.
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It might be wise not to disclose particular, specific facts about an ongoing case in a public forum which is searchable on the Internet.
Generally speaking, strategy about a case and the next steps to take should be confined to one's own lawyer behind closed doors.
That being said, the description about the meeting behind closed doors that resulted in judge becoming biased sounds like a pretrial conference. If the other lawyer was not present, it would be an unethical "ex parte communication" and the basis of a complaint. A plaintiff's attorney would know the steps to take to bring that conduct to light.
In similar fashion, the making of false or reckless statements may also form the basis of a request for sanctions against the lawyer who made such statements.
What were the true facts underlying the false statement? Was there a supervisor who lost a position 2 years ago? What were the actual reasons for that person's termination from the position?
Again, the answers to such questions should be reviewed with one's own lawyer rather than publicly over the Internet...
Hope these comments are helpful
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This is very confusing. How would you know that the opposing lawyer spoke privately to the judge and what that lawyer said? How would you know that the judge and opposing lawyer spread the word that your lawyer is unethical? Perhaps you should discuss your concerns with your attorney or get a second opinion. You have not posed a question that can be answered here.