High Court Weighs Gov't Worker Retaliation Protection

Law360, New York (March 22, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT) -- During oral arguments Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court grappled with the issue of whether the First Amendment's petition clause should protect public workers against retaliation by employers when they petition the government to resolve private issues.

The northeast Pennsylvania borough of Duryea and its police Chief Charles Guarnieri, who alleges that the borough's council took retaliatory measures against him after he won a union grievance over his dismissal, invoked case law and historical material dating back centuries to support their competing views on the reach of...
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