Jeff Gorman reports:
A law librarian’s free-speech rights weren’t violated when he was fired for blasting his superiors’ alleged “disgusting, degrading, and utterly unprofessional” conduct in an email, a California appeals court ruled.
Justice McConnell cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2006 opinion in Garcetti v. Ceballos, which states: “Restricting speech that owes its existence to a public employee’s professional responsibilities does not infringe any liberties the employee might have enjoyed as a private citizen.”
“Kaye concedes his case fails if Garcetti applies to it; however, he contends Garcetti does not apply to violations of the state Constitution’s free speech clause,” McConnell wrote. “We conclude there is no merit in this contention.”