A police sergeant recently claimed that he has experienced employer retaliation twice since 2015. The alleged retaliation occurred because he was requesting an internal affairs investigation done of another officer. Fortunately for the victim, retaliation is grounds for a lawsuit in Texas and other states.
The police sergeant who claimed to have been retaliated against has filed a lawsuit in another state. He asserted that he had told the internal affairs office that a fellow officer had behaved improperly. Because he was allegedly ignored, he had to put this allegation on the record. The accused officer was eventually written up, but not long afterward, the police sergeant was reassigned to the detective unit, and his old job was given to the accused officer.
The plaintiff claimed that the job reassignment, which was a demotion, made him feel embarrassed and humiliated. He also reportedly lost many overtime opportunities. The man further lost his position as a firearms instructor.
As part of the lawsuit, the man is seeking an unspecified amount in compensatory damages, as well as punitive damages. Punitive damages may be awarded in a case that involves egregious fault. The man is also seeking attorney fees, legal costs and the reinstatement of his job in the internal affairs office. He is additionally seeking back pay after reportedly being forced to resign from his firearms instructor post. Anybody in Texas who experiences retaliation, which can occur in the form of termination or a demotion, has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.
Source: courierpostonline.com, "Millville officer sues over alleged retaliation", Joseph P. Smith, Aug. 22, 2016