When a public business is exposed for illegal or inappropriate actions, they may choose to lash out through retaliation. A Texas school district recently made the decision to terminate a successful internal investigator, apparently within hours of discovering he had filed a formal complaint against the district. The employee believes this may have been due to retaliation. Reports describe the man as the school district's top investigator and that he had been involved in specific investigations of interest.
Reports indicate that the superintendent terminated the man following a complaint the investigator filed with the state of Texas, which alleged that background checks performed on hundreds of district workers were potentially done incorrectly. The man uncovered the background check problem while investigating his superior for potentially hiding a misdemeanor conviction from the school district. He said that he found that many employees may have never received a correct background check.
The investigator was currently serving time away from work on paid leave. He claims to have never received a description or explanation for his being put on leave and was not informed as to the duration of his enforced time away from work. His suspension began immediately following a previous investigation he carried out that resulted in the termination of 15 district athletic staff members for inappropriate student recruiting.
Termination documents accused the man of involvement in an investigation and acting beyond his approved capabilities. The former investigator filed a complaint with the Texas Education Agency claiming he may have been fired out of retaliation for his involvement in work investigations that uncovered illegal activities within the district's staff. An employee who believes they have been let go as an act of retaliation may choose to file a complaint and seek help proving liability.
Source: wfaa.com, "DISD fires top internal investigator after he files complaint with state", Jason Trahan, Sept. 5, 2014