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Deputy claims employer retaliation

A sheriff's deputy filed a whistleblower lawsuit against a county in another state, and earlier this year, his department had to reinstate him following a dispute about wrongful termination. However, the deputy recently claimed that he has continued to face retaliation after returning to the job, so he has decided to sue the county again. Employer retaliation is illegal in Texas and elsewhere, and thus, it is grounds for litigation.

In the recent case, the deputy asserted that he has been retaliated against for reporting wrongdoing that was allegedly taking place in the sheriff's department. For instance, the man's supervisory duties were reportedly removed. In addition, he was excluded from meetings for supervisors.

According to the claim, the deputy was also reassigned to an office totally removed from other deputies. In addition, the deputy claimed that he was required to ask for permission to go to the main office of the sheriff. The man asserted that he was also given an older automobile with no siren or emergency lights.

The deputy is seeking $75,000 for damages and the loss of income. When people in the state of Texas feel the need to speak up about alleged wrongdoing that is taking place with their workplaces, sometimes they face retaliation, even though this is a violation of state laws. In this situation, they have the right to seek to hold their employers accountable through the civil court system by seeking the reimbursement of damages sustained as a result of the employers' actions and for such other relief that the court finds just and proper.

Source: wday.com, "Itasca County Faces Whistleblower Lawsuit over Sheriff's Department", Heidi Enninga, Dec. 2, 2016

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