Texas City man's wrongful termination lawsuit against city of Roman Forest sees end

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Jun 10, 2013

HOUSTON - Nearly three months after it was filed in Houston federal court, a Texas City man's wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Roman Forest has come to a close.

An order of dismissal signed by U.S. District Court Judge Lee H. Rosenthal was entered May 30 into the litigation launched by William Burke.

Burke, a former Roman Forest police sergeant detective, previously alleged that his supervisor and fellow officers repeatedly harassed him “about being too old and not being able to do his job.”

He insisted he made numerous complaints to then-Roman Forest Police Chief Tom Jatzlau only to be told that “the comments were just jokes” and “to get over it,” further recalling an incident last year in which a target with the word “practice” written in capital letters on it was mounted on his office door.

The defendant threatened Burke with suspension and ordered him to take a firearms course before it fired him on May 2, 2012, the original petition said.

The plaintiff was fired on grounds several officers and citizens complained about him though the suit cited his age as the real reason.

Roman Forest did not counter the allegations.

Both parties reached an amicable settlement, Judge Rosenthal's order says.

Case No. 4:13-CV-625

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