What remedy is there against a civil servant abusing his power?

I am a contractor (a scientist) at a government installation. In principle, we have a statement of work which spells out our duties. In practice (and everyone knows it), we do what civil servants tell us. We work as contractors only because the government does not want to hire permanent employees, so we do work that should be done by civil servants under the direction of civil servants. There are rules against such personal services contracts, of course, but nobody bites the hand that feeds them. All is well until one runs into a government supervisor from hell, who uses contractors like coolies to advance his career, threatens then with contract termination, bullies them into submission. He forces contractors to include his name on all the publications because he supplied the funds, and because he can. And when things go wrong, it is contractors who are at fault. I suffered through decades of degrading treatment and one nervous breakdown; I am working on another. The outside job situation has been bleak since I graduated, and I am not as young as I used to be. I am highly distinguished in my profession, with many honors to my name, which makes it doubly bitter to be disrespected by paranoid incompetents with an inferiority complex. How do I stop such a boss from violating the law on personal services contracts? It is such a common practice, yet no one does anything about it.

Asked By: Zawisza - 2/26/2010
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Answered By: John Reid - 2/26/2010
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