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Former Freeport fire chief sounds the retaliation alarm

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Firing,Human Resources

Freeport’s former fire chief has sued the city and the city manager, claiming he was wrongfully terminated for reporting an alleged violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

John Stanford filed suit in Brazoria County District Court, alleging he was fired after complaining that the Gulf Coast city wasn’t following the proper procedures for appointing a new public safety official. Stanford claimed his firing was retaliation and a violation of the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Stanford had been a member of the Freeport Fire Department for more than 30 years and served 12 years as chief.

His lawsuit also claims that City Manager Jeff Pynes defamed him in a news release that followed Stanford’s termination.

The release quoted Pynes as saying Freeport employees “will not be permitted to be unprofessional, untruthful and involved in subversive order of municipal government.”

Stanford also filed an EEOC age discrimination claim against the city. 

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