A group of former and present deputy sheriffs in McLennan County, Texas claim in a federal lawsuit that politics is behind their firings and demotions by the newly-elected Sheriff. The deputy sheriffs, eight in total, all publicly supported a candidate, Randy Plemons, who lost the election to Parnell McNamara. They claim in their political discrimination suit that McNamara once in office punished supporters of his opponents through firings and demotions, while rewarding his supporters with promotions and jobs.
Source: Waco Tribune
Some public employment positions are supposed to be immune from political payback. These jobs are those that are considered to be non-policymaking. These kinds of cases are part of the ongoing and never-ending struggles to end abusive and wasteful political patronage practices.
Lexington, Kentucky employment lawyer Robert Abell represents individuals and employees in political discrimination and retaliation cases; contact him at 859-254-7076.