Roland GamezDallas Fire-RescueFighting back after his ouster for sexual harassment, former assistant fire Chief Roland Gamez has filed a federal lawsuit that depicts him as the victim of an elaborate plot while portraying the department's communications division that he once led as a bizarre outpost of Machiavellian plotting and odd sexual innuendos.
This follows the department's own investigation of Gamez
, which documented how he
employees the wrong way, giving them repeated massages even when they tried to avoid him.
At least one employee, however, was conflicted about her
"During this time he
was massaging my back in an arousal way," one employee told investigators about an encounter in which Gamez
tried to persuade her
not to transfer to another job."Did I get aroused?Yes, I did, but I was pissed off that he
had the nerve to ask me to stay and do it in that manner."
Now nearly two months after his
remains a polarizing figure, with some saying that the veteran chief should have known better, while others claim that a small number of Gamez's
employees turned his
easygoing, affectionate disposition against him.
, a 26-year department veteran, claimed that the sexual harassment charges were drummed up by a gaggle of bitter subordinates who believed he
unfairly passed them up for promotion.To retaliate, they began an orchestrated campaign to force the resignation of their direct supervisor and Gamez
"At the same time, in addition to personnel conflicts and jealousies, there were factions within the call center divided along racial, ethnic and cultural lines," reads Gamez
's complaint. Gamez
begins the factual basis of his
lawsuit recounting an impoverished childhood growing up in the West Dallas housing projects.After completing high school, Gamez went to work for the Dallas Police Department in 1976 and requested a transfer to the fire department four years later.In 1983, Gamez received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and began to rise steadily through the ranks of the department.
The same faction that went after their immediate supervisor also targeted Gamez
, the lawsuit alleges, concocting a web of lies to ensnare their conscientious boss.The members of this insurgency had a variety of gripes against Gamez, including feeling like they missed out on a deserved performance bonus.