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Woman settles retaliation case with city

People in Texas who experience retaliation due to speaking up about what they believe to be illegal or unethical naturally feel a sense of injustice. One woman in another state reportedly faced this situation with her employer, a city, which led her to file a retaliation lawsuit against the city. She recently settled the case with the city.

The woman, who previously worked as the city's human resource director, filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the city in 2015, alleging workplace retaliation. She said the city manager specifically was the individual who retaliated against her. Such behavior violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

As part of the settlement, the city arranged to pay the woman $100,000 if the woman decided to release any wrongdoing claims against the municipality. Since the woman signed the agreement and chose to drop the case, the city will not offer any admission of liability regarding the matter. City officials said the city spent more than $15,000 to defend itself against the woman's federal complaint.

When people in the state of Texas face retaliation in the workplace, they have the right to take legal action through the civil court system. It is within the rights of these individuals to explore all of their legal options in an effort to right any wrongs that have been committed. With proper legal guidance, they can learn about the possible outcomes of their cases as well as the most promising options for moving their cases forward and attaining appropriate solutions.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Former HR director settles with Milpitas over federal workplace retaliation claim", Ian Bauer, July 15, 2016

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