Union Layoffs In Conn. Flouted 1st Amendment: 2nd Circ.

Law360, San Francisco (May 31, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT) -- The state of Connecticut violated 2,800 unionized public employees' First Amendment rights when it targeted them for layoffs in 2003, the Second Circuit ruled Friday, remanding the class action and ordering a Connecticut federal court to reverse its 2011 decision awarding a win to the state.

The three-judge panel rejected the state's argument that laying someone off for union participation isn't comparable to laying them off for their political-party affiliation, which the U.S. Supreme Court has held is subject to strict scrutiny. That same scrutiny applies...
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