NEWS DATE: JUNE 24, 2015
City Of North Las Vegas Wins Two Unanimous Cases From The Nevada Supreme Court
The City of North Las Vegas has won two important cases before the Nevada Supreme Court. Yesterday's unanimous decision by the high court involved the termination of police officer, Lazaro Ruiz for dishonesty and unprofessional conduct. The City won at arbitration. However the District Court ruled in favor of Ruiz and overturned the arbitrator's decision. The Nevada Supreme Court determined that there was substantial evidence to support the arbitrator's findings. The Supreme Court's decision saved the City approximately $1 million dollars in back pay and benefits, had the officer been reinstated.
Last Thursday's unanimous decision involved former North Las Vegas Detention Center employees who alleged that the City breached union contracts by laying off employees in 2012 in connection with the closing of its detention center, and failing to pay leave at separation. District Court Judge Jerry Wiese granted the City's motion to dismiss, finding that the former employees lacked standing to sue the City for breach of a union contract in district court. The Nevada Supreme Court agreed with Judge Wiese and dismissed the case for lack of standing.
"I'm pleased with the Court's decisions. My office will continue to protect the City's assets and zealously defend the City and the taxpayers against all lawsuits," said North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan. For more information please contact the City Attorney’s office at (702) 633-1050.