Tag: retaliation

Donna ISD School Board Approves ‘Due Process’ Policy to Protect Employees from Unfair Practices

The Donna ISD school board unanimously approves a resolution aimed at protecting employees from unfair practices. The Teachers Association in Donna says it worked on the proposal for over three years to help pass a ‘due process’ policy to protect ‘at-will’ employees from being demoted, replaced or fired without a just cause. Board president Albert Sandoval says these efforts are not the result of a political retaliation lawsuit that the board and the district lost in April. “We’re hoping it can prevent future lawsuits. It could’ve been resolved at an earlier point. We as a board felt we were...

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Donna ISD School Board Accepts $880,000 Lawsuit Settlement

A special meeting took place tonight in Donna, continuing the legal battle between the school district and several employees. Just a few hours ago, the Donna ISD school board voted to accept the proposed settlement–agreed upon by both parties last Saturday. It’s a lawsuit that began in February of 2015, and it’s finally nearing an end. Tonight, six out of seven Donna ISD board members, along with the superintendent, met in closed session to discuss a newly proposed settlement… one that was ordered by federal judge randy crane, who claims the initial jury-awarded settlement of $3 million, was too...

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$3 Million in Restitution Awarded to Donna ISD Employees

A jury awards over 3 million dollars in restitution and damages to a group of Donna ISD employees suing the district and the board for discrimination. The decision was made after nearly two days of deliberation; a verdict that came as a sigh of relief for the plaintiffs and a blow to the defendants. The Donna Independent School District board members walked out of the building with no comment on today’s verdict. Each one of the four members accused in the lawsuit was found guilty of retaliation and demotion against six employees who supported another political slate during the...

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Donna ISD Employees Fear Retaliation Following Trial

Jurors have yet to reach a verdict in day three of trial where Donna ISD employees are suing the district’s board members. FOX 2 News spoke exclusively with two of the employees, who say they fear for their jobs if the jury doesn’t decide in their favor. The plaintiffs and the defense expected a verdict by jurors in day three of trial at the McAllen Federal Court, but no decision was reached. Closing arguments were heard from both parties this morning with plaintiffs alleging at least three school board members illegally demoted five current employees and one current retiree...

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Donna ISD Employees Fighting District in Federal Court

A group of Donna ISD employees are fighting their school district in federal court. The six plaintiffs claim that board members have discriminated against them after not supporting their election. Six Donna ISD employees are suing the Donna school district board in day two of trial at the McAllen federal court. The suit was filed in February of last year by a group of employees who say they were demoted by orders of at least three board members when they took office after the November 2014 school district elections. “Anytime that you make and employment decision, particularly when you’re...

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