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The Common Law
Wrongful termination
Columns  May 6, 2005, by Luke Ellis and Nathan Moss
"...Can you explain what a wrongful termination suit is? When it comes down to he said/she said between an employer and employee, who does the law favor in a wrongful termination suit?..."

Final Disposition
The beleaguered Texas Funeral Service Commission once again finds itself mired in controversy
News Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Bryce
"...The executive director of the TFSC during the SCI investigation, Eliza May, was soon alleging that she was pressured by Allbaugh and other Bush staffers to halt the ongoing investigation into the company's misdeeds. She later sued the state for wrongful termination..."

Stomped Out
As Sheffield's case awaits trial, he still wonders why CLEAT took such drastic action against him
News Story  October 15, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Sheffield responded by saying he wanted them to know that any potential decline "was not my decision but instead it was John Burpo's." Burpo fired Sheffield that morning for continued defiance of CLEAT directives. Sheffield returned to CLEAT's Downtown office the next day to sign his termination papers. Firing Shots..."

LCRA Wins One
A judge has ruled that LCRA didn't breach its contract with wholesale rates
News Story  February 1, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...24, Travis County District Judge Scott Jenkins ruled that LCRA "has not materially breached the Uniform Rate Clause of its Wholesale Power Agreements with Defendants and ... Defendants' attempted termination of their WPAs based on a breach of the Uniform Rate Clause was improper." The ruling is a defeat for the city of Seguin, Central Texas Electric Cooperative, San Bernard Electric Cooperative, and Fayette Electric Cooperative, all of which had unilaterally terminated their contracts with LCRA over "unfair pricing." LCRA General Manager Becky Motal released a statement: "We have said all along that LCRA did not breach its contracts with those customers because they are all charged the same rate..."

Petty Nastiness in WilCo
After more than a year of legal wrangling, federal judge sets date for jury to decide whether Williamson Co. Sheriff James Wilson demoted former WCSO officers Barry Simmons and Ralph Fisher in retaliation for reporting wrongdoing within department and/or for supporting Wilson's rival, former sheriff Jim Wilson
News Story  August 25, 2006, by Patty Ruland
"...(A grand jury ultimately declined to indict Newsom on all charges.) When Wilson formally took office in January 2004, he fired about 22 employees, including Newsom. His decision to clean house triggered an internal uproar, prompted Newsom and several others to file suit for wrongful termination, and quickly served as fodder in the GOP primary race for sheriff, where Wilson was opposed by four candidates, including James Wilson..."

How to Raise Worker Wages
Organize, arrive, persist, persist, persist
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Jack Craver
"...A few weeks later, both were fired in what they claim was illegal retaliation for participating in the strike. Friends launched an online fundraiser to help them sue the Whataburger for wrongful termination...."

The Common Law
Nonprofit director and personal liability
Columns  January 7, 2016, by Luke Ellis
"...Lawsuits are uncommon but not entirely unprecedented. Examples of claims asserted against directors include discrimination (age, race, sex, national origin, etc.), wrongful termination, or libel and slander..."

Steve Adler: 'New Way Forward'
News Story  May 29, 2014
"...This would have been in the mid- to late Eighties. I was in state court arguing sexual harassment and wrongful termination cases..."

Judge Yeakel: Hyatt Lawsuit Can Proceed
Judge okays wrongful termination lawsuit against TWDB
News Story  May 22, 2014, by Michael King
"...On May 13, in a tentative victory for free speech rights, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel rejected a Texas Water Develop­ment Board effort to quash a wrongful termination lawsuit..."

Yeakel Rules for Diane Hyatt
Shea supporter fired by Texas Water Development Board
DAILY News  May 21, 2014, by Michael King
"...On May 13, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel dumped cold water on a Texas Water Development Board effort to get out from under a wrongful termination lawsuit..."

The AggreGAYtor: February 7
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  February 7, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Michigan teacher Brook Johnson is suing her school district after they fired wrongful termination after her student's LGBT history month display ruffled some feathers. As unimaginable as it is to true-blue Americans, there are still some folks who do not cotton to Neil Patrick Harris...."

The AggreGAYtor: October 30
Your daily dose of LGBTQIA news
DAILY The Gay Place  October 30, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• Texas trans woman sues refinery for discrimination and wrongful termination. Be warned that the linked story is severely misgendered...."

TV Eye
Franklin & Bash's dude charm
Screens Column  May 27, 2011, by Belinda Acosta
"...Kelley's Boston Legal, I would say that comparison is not too far-fetched. The cases in Franklin & Bash can be just as loopy – as in the "Jennifer of Troy" episode in which a plain woman brings a wrongful termination suit against her employer..."

The Constable Races: Part 2
The relatively tame contests at play in precincts 1,3, and 4
News Story  February 29, 2008, by Amy Smith
"...area for several years. For various reasons, McCain is often at odds with two other well-established incumbents – Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant, who runs the largest office from his central-city courthouse base, and Precinct 4 Constable Maria Canchola, whom McCain (a former Precinct 4 deputy) once sued for wrongful termination..."

The Common Law
Additional legal issues affecting nonprofits
Columns  July 30, 2004, by Luke Ellis
"...Additionally, it is unlawful for any employer, including nonprofit organizations, to fire an employee on the basis of a discriminatory reason like race, religion, disability, sex, or national origin. Because there are other exceptions to the "employment at will" doctrine, a nonprofit organization that is concerned it may be sued for wrongful termination should speak with a licensed attorney about the matter...."

The Common Law
Personal liability for nonprofit directors
Columns  July 2, 2004, by Luke Ellis
"...While Texas law limits directors' liability, lawsuits are not unprecedented. Examples of claims asserted against directors include discrimination (age, race, sex, national origin, etc), wrongful termination, libel, and slander..."

Naked City
Asst. Police Chief Jimmy Chapman -- now under investigation in the Mala Sangre mess -- acknowledges he erred in another case.
News Story  September 5, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...may be retaliating" against Patton; Chapman said this led to a charge that Bowers had brought "discredit" to the department. However, in her sworn testimony Davis said that neither allegation was entirely true; she never provided any "confidential" information to Bowers, and her views of APD were influenced in part by input from Patton and in part after calls from Assistant City Attorney Mike Cronig -- who represented the department in the subsequent wrongful-termination case filed by Tim Enlow..."

Media Clips
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones fields allegations that he's been stifling free expression on Austin Cable Access television.
News Column  July 14, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...One concerned what Hanke says was a false police report for stalking. Jones also explored the possibility of a wrongful termination lawsuit when he was canned by KJFK, and had Hanke deposed to see if he might have contributed to the firing...."

Bills Grant Texas Doctors Legal Cover to Mislead Pregnant Women
Is the Lege giving doctors a license to lie?
News Story  April 13, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Indeed, the bill opens the door for anti-choice and religious physicians to manipulate or shield information from patients to prevent abortion. "The not-so-subtle subtext of the bill may encourage physicians who are anti-abortion to avoid mentioning termination of pregnancy when talking to patients about the risks or consequences of fetal anomalies," said Sage, adding that any state law prohibiting such discussions would be an unconstitutional abridgment of First Amendment rights..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
News Story  December 19, 2008
"...• Two Months, $2 Million City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a $1 million settlement with the family of Daniel Rocha, who was shot in the back and killed by former Austin Police Department Officer Julie Schroeder during a scuffle connected to a drug sting operation in Southeast Austin in June 2005. Chief Stan Knee fired Schroeder, and the termination was later upheld by an independent arbitrator..."

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