Political Retaliation

 When a new administration comes into power, the administration is often elected to facilitate change. Changes are made in policies and personnel. Sometimes changes are made in handling the finances of the municipalities by cutting personnel or by reassigning job functions. To make such changes may be perfectly legitimate, but such changes have to be made within the protections afforded by the law. Employees cannot be terminated simply for political reasons. In addition, job duties cannot be dramatically changed to punish the politically active employee. Of course, there are exceptions for those in policymaking positions. In addition, often there are union contract and police and fire considerations that must be considered when making changes. If the rules are not followed, the employees have legitimate claims.