Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Municipalities are frequent targets for lawsuits. A common theme is the disgruntled employee who sues after being terminated or demoted in some fashion. It is imperative that a municipality comply with any employment contract, civil service provision, or collective bargaining agreement. Also, there may be statutory rights involved for the employee. I recently came across an article where the former Dauphin Borough police chief was suing the Borough in federal court. The federal courts are the favorite venue for most of these types of actions. As always, you should consult with your solicitor or an employment/labor lawyer before taking any action with respect to terminating an employee.