Whistleblowing an endangered species: Workplace free speech takes another hit

The 2nd Circuit federal appeals court ruled against a custodian who claimed he was fired for warning his superiors that a a mass that had fallen onto the gym floor might be asbestos and constitute a public safety concern.

The court said the speech fell under his duties as custodian and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Garcetti v. Ceballos and therefore not protected under the First Amendment.

From the First Amendment Center, February 14, 2011, by David L. Hudson Jr.

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