The Employment Section consists of seven attorneys who handle all employment related legal matters. The attorneys in the section represent all City departments and office management and the City of Dallas in legal matters arising out of employment disputes with the City's 13,000 permanent and temporary employees. The section handles administrative cases involving appeals and grievances before the city manager's office and in the civil service system, represents the City in litigation filed against the City and individual defendants, advise departments regarding employment issues or problems, teaches at City seminars, and many other employment-related duties.
The section defends the city in employment related litigation in both federal and state courts, many of those cases involving alleged constitutional violations under the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments; claims of discrimination based on race, sex, color, gender, religion, and national origin; and claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Texas Whistleblower and Workers' Compensation Acts; and other employment based claims.
The section handles administrative appeal hearings before the assistant city managers, the administrative law judge, the civil service board, and the Park Board. The section also represents the city in unemployment compensation appeals before the Texas Workforce Commission.
In addition to the above, the section advises the Human Resources Department and other city departments on employment issues, reviews administrative directive and personnel rule changes, assists city departments in employment related investigations, and reviews the findings of Dallas Police Department Internal Affairs Division investigations.