Public Worker's Parody Not Protected Speech, 2nd Circ. Says

Law360, Los Angeles (April 1, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit ruled Monday that a public employee's free speech rights were not violated when he was allegedly retaliated against after making a poster parodying his jailhouse supervisors as corrupt because he was airing personal grievances, not speaking out for the public good.

The three-judge panel agreed with a New York federal judge that ex-Ulster County Jail Corporal Kent Singer's First Amendment rights did not protect him from retaliation by his former bosses after they discovered his parody poster. The poster, a twist on the...
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