Public agencies face a difficult task in resolving employment issues while complying with the many special statutes and legal rules applicable to public employers. Even where public employees serve at will there are often statutory or constitutional provisions that must be considered when termination, demotion, or other adverse personnel actions are contemplated. Additionally, the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act, and similar laws can have a significant effect the manner in which personnel actions must be carried out, particularly where the matter involves a department head or other high profile public official.
The lawyers at Olson & Olson LLP, have many years of experience in assisting our local government clients in resolving personnel issues. That experience is particularly useful in those instances in which we are called upon to conduct internal investigations into employment matters or to provide oversight to investigations conducted by city staff. A thorough knowledge of the legal rules applicable to public employment is essential to avoiding unnecessary legal risks.
We understand the sensitive and emotionally charged nature of employment issues and the importance of conducting any necessary investigations in a discreet and thorough manner. Our lawyers are available to assist you by conducting investigations, analyzing issues, and providing recommendations or by providing advice and direction in support of investigations conducted by in-house staff.