In 1983, the Texas state legislature passed the Texas Whistleblower Act, a major step in protecting employees across nearly all industries throughout the state. However, more than 30 years later, many legal experts say there are still holes in the law that prevent it from giving employees and taxpayers the full protections they deserve, mostly due to discrepancies between the state’s whistleblower laws and procedures at the municipal level.
A recent investigation by the Killeen Daily Herald uncovered several problems with Texas whistleblower laws:
Despite these shortcomings, whistleblower claims can have positive outcomes. In one recent case, for example, our own attorney Steve Kardell represented former Dallas ISD investigator Don Smith, who was fired without merit, and helped him win a $95,000 settlement and regain his job. To that end, it’s still important that Texas whistleblowers come forward and report any wrongdoing they believe to have taken place within their company or organization.
To learn more about how your organization should manage whistleblower claims, contact a skilled Dallas attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers.