Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fired Principal Lacks First Amendment Claim for Unprotected Speech

An Illinois middle school principal discharged after charging her predecessor and immediate supervisor with misusing public funds lacks a First Amendment retaliation claim because she spoke as an employee on matters related to her job rather than as a citizen on matters of public concern, as per the 7th Circuit's ruling on Jan. 31, 2013. ruled ( McArdle v. Peoria Sch. Dist. No. 150, 7th Cir., No. 11-2437, 1/31/13 ).
This case demonstrates how narrow First Amendment protections for public employees has become.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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