Many laypersons people are familiar with the retaliation part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  That anti-retaliation provision prohibits retaliation against someone who opposes discrimination.  Title VII is a federal statute.  Texas is an at-will state.  But, even so, Texas does have a few state anti-retaliation statutes.  

Texas prohibits reprisal

Whistleblowers have a rough row to hoe.  George Green knows this better than anyone.  A former architect for the Texas Dept. of Health and Human Services, he blew the whistle on shoddy building practices at DHHS some 25 years ago.  DHHS fired him in 1989 for alleged sick leave issues.   In 1991, the jury

The employee of an Illinois law firm was fired when he refused to cooperate in issuing fraudulent bills to clients.  The law firm claimed the hours performed by an in-hpuse employee were actually performed by an outside investigator.  The firm then billed at the higher rates used by outside investigators.  One of the in-house investigators

A former SAWS employee was awarded $275,000 in state district court here in Bexar County.  See San Antonio Express News report. Kevin Martin claimed he was fired because he reported that employees were improperly exposed to asbestos pipes. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated and found violations. Sounds like a whistle blower lawsuit. 

 The employer does lose, sometimes.  I wrote about the nurses who complained about a doctor.  See prior post.  The nurses were charged with felonies, which charges were eventually dropped.  They then filed a whistleblower lawsuit and eventually settled.  Their lawsuit became nationally known.  Well, now the doctor they complained about has now suffered his

The federal government has settled a case against a longtime San Antonio medical group.  Kellum Family Medical Practice Associates was accused of falsely billing the federal government.  The lawsuit, a qui tam lawsuit, also known as a whistle blower lawsuit, started when a former employee claimed the Kellum clinic submitted false bills for medicare and

There is computer software which allows a person to record key strokes made on a computer.  A parent or an employer can use it to see where someone is going on the internet.  Richard Renner at Whistleblower Protection Blog describes one way to find out if your employer is using ley logging software.  Update your

Scroll down to a July 23, 2010 entry and you will see a blog post by Michael Fox, the employer’s lawyer, about a whistle blower case in Maine.  See post.  A supervisor complained about several unsafe situations regarding the men he supervised.  They worked in a warehouse with wooden pallets. The supervisor eventually lost