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Participation in an investigation leads to a retaliation lawsuit

Employees are often faced with making difficult decisions that could directly impact their fellow co-workers or their companies. Sometimes Texas workers are forced to make tough decisions concerning their participation in investigations that could adversely affect their companies. If it is something that they are required to do by law, then they are legally obligated to participate. Those who participate in such activities should not expect to be the victims of retaliation, but that is not always the case.

A man who works for a Texas school district as a school business volunteer supervisor and press officer accused the school district and the school's superintendent of retaliating against him. During a meeting of the school board, the superintendent allegedly proposed eliminating three positions. One of the positions was being held by the plaintiff and the other two positions were not occupied.

The plaintiff believed that his position was going to be eliminated as part of a conspiracy to fire him because he participated in a journalistic investigation. The man claimed that he was legally obligated to participate in the investigation because he was the district's press officer. According to court records, the lawsuit was recently settled amicably.

Workers in Texas who feel that they are the victims of retaliation may choose to first have a discussion with their employers to rectify the situations. If there is no agreeable resolution, the employees may choose to file claims against their employers. In successfully navigated claims, the workers may receive lost wages, monetary damages and be returned to their former positions, if applicable.


Source:, "BISD settles retaliation suit brought by press officer", David Yates, Dec. 9, 2014

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