Hello and thanks so much for choosing this forum to pose your important legal question. I will do my best to give you some honest and accurate guidance.
I am sorry to hear about what has happened to you, and I hope that you can get things resolved to your satisfaction. Also, congratulations on winning your Texas Workforce Commission claim!
Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 73.001 provides: "A libel is a defamation expressed in written or other graphic form that tends to blacken the memory of the dead or that tends to injure a living person's reputation and thereby expose the person to public hatred, contempt or ridicule, or financial injury or to impeach any person's honesty, integrity, virtue, or reputation or to publish the natural defects of anyone and thereby expose the person to public hatred, ridicule, or financial injury." In your case, as you know the D.A.C. report is absolutely crucial to your work. So, yes you may well have ground to sue for defamation to recover for monetary damages including loss of future wages.
Texas courts generally do not favor wrongful termination suits, and many of these lawsuits are unsuccessful. However, I say this in light of the strong doctrine of employment-at-will in Texas, which is obviously not the case since you had a contract of employment. So, again, I think you may well have grounds to pursue a case based on wrongful termination and breach of your employment contract.
Given th particulars of your case, I think it would definitely be worth your time to consult an attorney. These types of cases are sometimes accepted pursuant to a contingent fee agreement whereby you would not have to pay attorney's fees unless your lawyer was successful in winning your case.
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Hello again and thanks for writing back. I will be glad to try and give you some options.
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