Tag: First Amendment

Third Circuit Rules Teacher’s Derogatory Speech Not Protected by First Amendment

Friday, September 18, 2015

A recently published “Legal Clips” post by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) discusses a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that a discharged teacher’s First Amendment claim against a Pennsylvania school district failed because the disruption caused by her derogatory blogs about students, parents and school administrators outweighed her free speech rights. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Non-Union “Quasi” Public Employees May Not Be Forced to Pay Agency Fees to Union

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court rendered a 5-4 decision holding that the agency-fee provision of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act (PLRA) violated the First Amendment. Harris v. Quinn, No. 11-681, 2014 WL 2921708 (June 30, 2014). Read More

Supreme Court Holds Public Employee’s Testimony is Protected by First Amendment

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Sotomayor, the United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects a public employee who provides truthful sworn testimony, compelled by subpoena, outside the scope of his ordinary job responsibilities. Lane v. Franks, No. 13-483, 2014 WL 2765285 (2014). Read More