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Plaintiff’s pro se brief insufficient to preserve arguments on appeal holds Dallas Court of Appeals

Gilberto Hernandez v. Dallas Independent School District, 05-17-00227-CV (Tex. App. – Dallas, April 18, 2018). This is a Texas Whistleblower Act case where the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the Plaintiff’s claims. The Dallas Independent School District … Continue reading

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Texas Supreme Court holds open enrollment charter schools not subject to Texas Whistleblower Act

  Neighborhood centers INC. v. Doreatha Walker; from Harris County, 16-0897, — S.W.3d. –, (Tex. April 13, 2018) The Texas Supreme Court held that an open enrollment charter school is not subject to the Texas Whistleblower Act. Neighborhood Centers is … Continue reading

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Texas Supreme Court holds constables work for a “police department” and are allowed to collectively bargain

  Jefferson County, Texas v. Jefferson county constables association, 16-0498, — S.W. 3d. – (April 13, 2018) The Texas Supreme Court ends a split in the circuits and holds constables are “police officers”  who work for a “police department” for … Continue reading

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Texas Supreme Court holds standards in same-sex discrimination cases are distinctly different than opposite-sex standards

Alamo Heights Independent School District v Catherine Clark, 16-0244, — S.W.3rd – (Tex. April 6, 2018). This is a workplace same-sex discrimination, harassment and retaliation case where the Texas Supreme Court held that while the actions complained of were vulgar, … Continue reading

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Ex-employee failed to allege she was qualified for her position but court held she was entitled to amend in discrimination/retaliation case

City of Granbury v. Christine Willsey 02-17-00343-CV (Tex. .App. — Fort Worth, March 15, 2018) This is an age/sex discrimination and retaliation case where the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the order denying the City’s plea to … Continue reading

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Trial court had jurisdiction to determine if certain jobs should be classified as civil service, but not to award backpay

City of Amarillo, Texas, et al. v. Nathan Sloan Nurek and Michael Brandon Stennett, 07-17-00120-CV (Tex. App. Amarillo — March 21, 2018) This is a civil service lawsuit where the Amarillo Court of Appeals reversed-in-part the denial of the City’s … Continue reading

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Since University policies did not address non-tenured professor’s situation, she was deemed an “at-will” employee with no entitlement to due process

Lawrence Schovanec, as President of Texas Tech University, and Texas Tech University v. Fariba Assadi-Porter, 07-17-00426-CV (Tex. App. – Amarillo, March 20, 2018) This is a due process in employment case where the Amarillo Court of Appeals reversed the denial … Continue reading

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14th Court of Appeals holds employee does not have to file TWC charge of retaliation if the employee asserts retaliation for filing discrimination charge

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas v. Viola M. Douglas 14-17-00176-CV (Tex. App— Houston [14th Dist.] February 27, 2018) This is an employment discrimination and retaliation case where the 14th District Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of the … Continue reading

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Supervisor’s directive that employee “snitch” on anything going wrong is not “criminal activity” under the Texas Whistleblower Act

Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas v. Ronald Williams 01-17-00724-CV (Tex. App—Houston, January 25, 2018) This is a Texas Whistleblower Act suit where the First District Court of Appeals in Houston reversed the denial of the employer’s plea to … Continue reading

Dallas Court of Appeals holds ex-police officer failed to establish his termination was in retaliation for whistleblower report of “pronoun confusion” in PD assault report

Michael Hackbarth v. University of Texas at Dallas  05-16-01250-CV (Tex. App— Dallas, January 4, 2018) This is a Texas Whistleblower Act case where the Dallas Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s granting of the University’s motion for summary judgment. … Continue reading