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Texas Supreme Court changes the standards for terminating police officers under Chapter 614

Colorado County, et al., v Marc Staff, NO. 15-0912 (Tex., February 3, 2017). This is a Chapter 614 law enforcement termination case where the Texas Supreme Court changed some of the standards for investigating, disciplining, and terminating police officers.  The … Continue reading

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Chief Justice of 13th Court of Appeals not entitled to qualified immunity in First Amendment retaliation in employment suit by staffing attorney

Anderson v. State of Texas, No.15-40836 (5th Cir. January 10, 2017) This is a First Amendment in employment case where the U.S. 5th Circuit denied a judge’s claim for qualified immunity while acting in his administrative capacity. This is a … Continue reading

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Since manager’s position was reorganized into director position, former manager was not “replaced” with someone outside of her protected class

DISD reorganized the CAFD, renamed it the Finance and Accounting Support for Campuses Department (the FASCD), and decided the new department should be led by a Director, a position one managerial level higher than Manager. The DISD hired Donna Zemanek, … Continue reading

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College’s evidence established employee was incompetent for her job; therefore not qualified; therefore could not make a prime facie case for discrimination

Darla Lackey v. Lone Star College System, 09-15-003999-CV (Tex. App— Beaumont, October 20, 2016) This is an employment discrimination case where the Beaumont Court of Appeals affirmed the granting of the College’s plea to the jurisdiction. Lackey is a forty-three-year-old … Continue reading

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Austin Court of Appeals holds supervisor without law-enforcement powers can still qualify as appropriate law enforcement authority for Whistleblower Act purposes

Rebekha Montie v. Bastrop County,03-16-00123(Tex. App— Austin, October 19, 2016) This is a Texas Whistleblower Act case where the Austin Court of Appeals reversed the granting of the County’s plea to the jurisdiction and remanded the case for trial. Rebekha … Continue reading