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Texas whistleblower claims he was the victim of retaliation

Employees in Texas and elsewhere who see suspicious activity in the workplace may report the incident to their superiors to try to have it corrected. Although protected by law, whistleblowing is not always well received by a company. In some cases, companies may go so far as to subject whistleblowers to retaliation after they report illegal situations, but, fortunately, there is legal help available for whistleblowers.

A police commander in Austin claims that, after reporting what he believed to be a discriminatory activity, he began to suffer retaliatory actions. The plaintiff claims that he noticed a pattern in the officers who were chosen to be transferred from the organized crime division. He noted that they were mainly minorities who were over the age of 40. Furthermore, the officers being transferred into the unit were white and under the age of 40.

The plaintiff voiced his concerns about the transfers to his superiors. Following his complaint, he claims that he was denied promotions for which he believed to be qualified. He claims that the people who were selected for the positions were not as qualified. Additionally, he asserts that he began to be placed under scrutiny through multiple internal affairs investigations, one of which resulted in discipline and another which was dismissed.

The Texas police chief stated that the claims were baseless, and he intends to defend the department against the allegations. Workers who believe they have been subjected to any form of retaliation for whistleblowing can pursue legal claims against their employers. If the courts view the claims as valid, the employees may be awarded financial relief.

Source: kvue.com, "APD commander joins discrimination lawsuit", Tony Plohetski, March 4, 2015

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