Firing Didn't Violate Doc's Free Speech Rights, 4th Circ. Finds

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT) -- A health clinic was free to fire a False Claims Act whistleblower who complained about deaths caused by medical care, the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday, finding the termination was contractually allowed and the physician's free speech rights weren't violated because he was carrying out official duties.

The unpublished opinion, which upheld a lower court ruling, rejected Dr. B. Vittal Shenoy’s free speech claim. The opinion cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2006 ruling in Garcetti v. Ceballos, which found that workers making statements pursuant to their official...
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