8th Circ. Agrees Axed Mo. City Worker's Speech Not Protected

Law360, New York (November 2, 2016, 7:33 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a former Wentzville, Missouri, building commissioner was legally fired after she emailed the mayor claiming city employees were committing fraud, finding the speech is not protected because she was voicing her concerns as an employee and not as a concerned citizen.

In a published ruling, a three-judge panel ruled that U.S. District Judge Carol E. Jackson correctly granted Wentzville summary judgment, ending Diane Bolderson's suit alleging that her firing was in retaliation for her complaints and violated her First Amendment rights.

"We can affirm the grant of summary judgment for any reason supported by the...

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