March 30, 2009
Court Broadly Defines Job-Related Speech in Upholding Delaware Professor's Dismissal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held on Friday that a public-college professor’s statements can be considered job-related, and thus not “citizen speech” protected by the First Amendment, even if they were made in connection with activities not specifically covered by the professor’s contract.
Affirming a decision by a lower court last year, a three-judge panel of the Third Circuit, which covers several mid-Atlantic states,
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