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Defending Government Entities

When governmental entities, elected officials and government officials get sued, sensational headlines are often the norm. Sometimes, little comes of the allegations, but that part is not always on the front pages. In some instances, individuals are simply bitter and hope to land a quick payday even though the law has not been violated. In other instances, people assume the government will pay them off in to go away before the negative publicity has undesirable consequences that jeopardize careers.

When public officials and governmental entities get sued, they need an experienced, independent team of. The attorneys at Minces Rankin PLLC have decades of experience in employment law case. Our work has included defending cities, counties, and other municipalities in a wide variety of employment law cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Constitutional claims, whistleblower claims and other alleged impropriety. Our team can provide government entities of all sizes with the dedicated, independent counsel they need to protect themselves, their taxpayers, and their staff from unmerited lawsuits while continuing to fulfill their civic duties.

Reasons for Lawsuits Against Government Entities
Below are examples of the kinds of claims that can be made against governmental entities by employees and former employees:

  • Civil rights violations
  • Discrimination (e.g. sex, race, religion, etc.)
  • Employment law (e.g. overtime, benefits, etc.)
  • Personal injury
  • Property damage
  • Unlawful arrest
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Free speech and due process violations

Targets for Lawsuits Against Government Entities
The government entities targeted by these lawsuits are not always limited to city and county offices. In larger metropolitan areas, entities that can be targets for litigation often include the following:

  • School boards
  • Public transit agencies
  • Police departments
  • Sheriff’s offices
  • Fire departments
  • Prosecuting attorneys’ offices
  • Parks and recreation districts

While government employees can be entitled to certain types of immunity, they are not immune from risk. Some lawsuits can actually target the individuals who operate within these government entities. Following are examples of the individuals that are sometimes named as defendants in employment law cases:

  • City council members
  • County managers
  • County commissioners
  • School board members
  • Police chiefs
  • Fire chiefs
  • Judges
  • Prosecutors
  • Polices Commissioners
  • Sheriffs

Government Entities and Independent Counsel
Most government entities rely on independent, private legal counsel to defend them in employment lawsuits. An experienced employment law attorney can often save government entities and their taxpayers thousands of dollars per case with their expertise, not to mention headaches, business interruption and reputation damage that can be difficult to fix.

The attorneys at Minces Rankin PLLC have a history of successfully defending government agencies against very serious claims of wrongdoing. Our hard work for our clients helps both the government entities and the taxpayers whose dollars make government work.

Contact an Employment Lawyer
To find out how we can help you with your employment lawsuit, contact us today at 346-701-8563. Our friendly staff will ask a few questions about your case and connect you to an experienced employment law attorney. You can also fill out the form at the top of this page to request a consultation.