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Employment History

Assistant Chief

Dallas Fire-Rescue

Assistant Fire Chief

Education

undergraduate degree

University of Texas at Arlington

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Roland Gamez v. City of Dallas -Ayres Law Offices - Attorney - Addison

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Roland Gamez v. City of Dallas

For a man who spent his entire life serving his local community through public service, rising through the ranks to the Assistant Chief of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department, nothing could be worse than sitting in front of the television with his two girls listening to a news story describe him as an abusive governmental official who was fired for sexual harassment - a crime under Texas law.
Challenge:
Roland Gamez knew the genesis of the allegation against him stemmed from his denial of unjustified pay-raise requests, but his superiors would not listen to his side of the story. He turned to the Ayres Law Office to help him clear his name and to make sure his children (and community) knew he was innocent.
Solution:
When analyzing the issues and law, the Ayres Law Office notices fundamental flaws in the investigation, including an unclear questionnaire and abusive investigator. Faced with a host of complaints, the Ayres Law Office met each complaint one-by-one, eventually deposing each witness and learning that some witnesses simply fabricated charges when asked to do so, some denied that Chief Gamez ever sexually harassed them (contrary to the investigator's report) and others' stories crumbled after lies were exposed. Once those complaints were collectively destroyed, the supervisors were deposed and confronted. Seeing the lies, they admitted to not having the proper information and how the outcome should have been different.
Result:
On the eve of trial, the case concluded with a $1.5 million settlement, a public retirement party for Chief Gamez at City Hall (as each retiree is afforded) and an ability for Chief Gamez' family, friends, and community to know, in their hearts and minds, that he was the man of integrity that they always knew him to be.


Roland Gamez v. City of ...

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Roland Gamez v. City of Dallas

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Roland Gamez v. City of Dallas
For a man who spent his entire life serving his local community through public service, rising through the ranks to the Assistant Chief of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department, nothing could be worse than sitting in front of the television with his two girls listening to a news story describe him as an abusive governmental official who was fired for sexual harassment - a crime under Texas law.
Challenge:
Roland Gamez knew the genesis of the allegation against him stemmed from his denial of unjustified pay-raise requests, but his superiors would not listen to his side of the story. He turned to the Ayres Law Office to help him clear his name and to make sure his children (and community) knew he was innocent.
Solution:
When analyzing the issues and law, the Ayres Law Office notices fundamental flaws in the investigation, including an unclear questionnaire and abusive investigator. Faced with a host of complaints, the Ayres Law Office met each complaint one-by-one, eventually deposing each witness and learning that some witnesses simply fabricated charges when asked to do so, some denied that Chief Gamez ever sexually harassed them (contrary to the investigator's report) and others' stories crumbled after lies were exposed. Once those complaints were collectively destroyed, the supervisors were deposed and confronted. Seeing the lies, they admitted to not having the proper information and how the outcome should have been different.
Result:
On the eve of trial, the case concluded with a $1.5 million settlement, a public retirement party for Chief Gamez at City Hall (as each retiree is afforded) and an ability for Chief Gamez' family, friends, and community to know, in their hearts and minds, that he was the man of integrity that they always knew him to be.


"Fighting back after his ...

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"Fighting back after his ouster for sexual harassment, former assistant fire Chief Roland Gamez has filed a federal lawsuit that ... " Other Tags: Dallas Fire-Rescue, Roland Gamez


cbs11tv.com - Local News Briefs

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(Dallas, TX) -- Dallas Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief Roland Gamez (GAH'-mace) is out of a job after alleged sexual harassment charges were leveled against him.The department says Gamez is guilty of nearly two dozen incidents of inappropriate conduct with both male and female employees.

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Gamez has been on suspension for several weeks.


dallasobserver.com | News | Ah, There's the Rub

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Roland GamezDallas Fire-Rescue

Fighting 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 rubbed his employees the wrong way, giving them repeated massages even when they tried to avoid him.
At least one employee, however, was conflicted about her hands-on boss.
"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 firing, Gamez 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.
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In his lawsuit, Gamez, 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 himself.
"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.
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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.

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