Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Teacher failed to state valid First Amendment retaliation claim based on filing a lawsuit on behalf of daughter against school district


Vereecke v. Huron Valley Sch. Dist., ___F.3d___ (6th Cir. Jun. 18, 2010), is an interesting case. The 6th held a teacher failed to state a valid claim under the First Amendment for retaliation based on his filing of a lawsuit on behalf of his daughter against the school district. The teacher failed to establish a causal connection between filing the suit and his removal as athletic coordinator. The court concluded that the temporary proximity of filing the lawsuit to the adverse employment action of removal from the athletic coordinator position alone was insufficient to create the inference of causation.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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