Supreme Court Gives Public Workers 1st Amendment Shield

Public employees who testify to corruption cannot be fired in retaliation, Supreme Court rules
Supreme Court Gives Public Workers 1st Amendment Shield

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by David G. Savage | Los Angeles Times | June 19, 2014


The Supreme Court shielded public employees from being punished or fired if they testify in court against their superiors, ruling Thursday that the 1st Amendment protects those who tell the truth and reveal corruption.

Such testimony is “speech as a citizen for 1st Amendment purposes” and deserves to be protected, the court said in a 9-0 decision.

The ruling revives a lawsuit by a former Alabama community college official. He testified against an influential state legislator who was drawing a paycheck from the college but doing no work. After his testimony, he was fired.

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