EMPLOYMENT LAW DEFENSE VICTORIES

Ron Johnson and Christian Shippee successfully defend a charter school in a worker’s compensation retaliation suit by a former employee. The court granted a plea to the jurisdiction after it was successfully argued that, due to recent changes in the law, political subdivisions are entitled to governmental immunity and charter schools are considered political subdivisions for purposes of immunities.

Ron Johnson and Christian Shippee successfully defended a religious institution in an administrative action and suit filed by a former employee. After being terminated, a teacher in the institution’s preschool sought unemployment benefits and damages for breach of her employment contract. In a hearing before an administrative law judge, Mr. Johnson successfully argued that the religious institution’s preschool was considered a “church” as defined by statute and, therefore, exempt from Texas’s unemployment law. Mr. Johnson also demonstrated that Plaintiff’s termination was not in breach of her employment contract, and she subsequently dismissed all of her claims.

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