A: If you are a state employee you should review your collective bargaining agreement to determine what steps should have been taken prior to your dismissal. It would be best to contact an employment attorney who understands civil service employment law and have them review the agreement with you. Usually an initial consultation is no charge.
A: The first question I would ask is if you are a member of a Union. If you are a member of a Union, the answer to your question is probably in your collective bargaining agreement. You should read it carefully or contact a labor attorney to review the agreement.