Ector County Reaches Settlement in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

According to CBS 7 Kosa, a settlement has been reached between a former county employee and Ector County. Former Elections Administrator Robert Mendoza filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his employer stating he was wrongfully removed from his position.

Mendoza filed a lawsuit in May 2010 claiming the county officials treated him in a disrespectful and hostile manner because of his racial background. He had filed a racial complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission. The county fired Mendoza in 2007, releasing him from his county elections administrator position.

Mendoza claimed the firing was unlawful as the county commissioners never approved his termination.

In a joint press release, the two parties announced a settlement and resolved their legal dealings. The parties agreed to not make any further public statements about the matter and that the terms of the final settlement agreement are confidential.

The county commissioners court voted to approve the settlement but refused to disclose the amount of money paid out to Mendoza. The mediator in this case, Ector County Judge Susan Redford issued a gage order that prevents the parties from discussing the terms of the settlement. It was released that Mendoza has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit against the county in exchange for monetary compensation from the county’s insurance carrier. Neither party admitted any wrongdoing or fault.

In the news release, the county said it had accepted Mendoza’s resignation from the position. It also downplayed racial claims made in Mendoza’s complaint, saying it was not as much of a factor in this resolution.