Skelly Rights Law and Legal Definition

Skelly rights is referred to the due process right to notice of an employee, of an intended disciplinary action. The right includes the right to obtain a copy of materials on which the action is based, and an opportunity to respond orally or in writing to an impartial reviewer prior to discipline being imposed. The term Skelly rights comes from a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Skelly v. State Personnel Board, 15 Cal. 3d 194 (Cal. 1975). In that case the Supreme Court ruled that the employee (Skelly) had a property interest in continued employment and hence could not be deprived of his job without the observance of due process.