A Win for Free Speech

From Inside Higher Ed:

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a community college employee who testified about an Alabama legislator’s no-show job had First Amendment protection when he did so. The ruling allows the employee — whose job was subsequently eliminated — to pursue a claim that he lost his position in retaliation for his testimony.

Justice Sotomayor’s decision, however, said that Garcetti should not apply in a case where the speech directly relates to matters of public concern and the duties of a citizen. “[P]ublic employees do not renounce their citizenship when they accept employment,” she wrote. “Truthful testimony under oath by a public employee outside the scope of his ordinary job duties is speech as a citizen for First Amendment purposes. That is so even when the testimony relates to his public employment or concerns information learned during that employment.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/06/20/supreme-court-says-first-amendment-protects-truthful-speech-community-college#ixzz35D5sBqSG
Inside Higher Ed

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