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Archive for February 2017

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland dismisses professor’s complaint alleging unlawful retaliation, finding that she failed to show that her actions were a protected activity and that an adverse employment action was taken against her.

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland found that a former Bowie State University professor failed to state a claim when alleging unlawful retaliatory by Bowie State University in violation of Title VII, Title XI, and Title 20. The court held that the professor’s action did not fall under protected activity, and that she failed to allege that she suffered an adverse employment action.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit holds that a police chief is entitled to qualified immunity when a government employee claims retaliation for exercising First Amendment rights.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that a police chief may be entitled to qualified immunity when a government employee claims retaliation for exercising First Amendment rights. The court held that the employees did not satisfy the three-prong test used to determine if an employee’s rights were violated under the First Amendment.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit holds that a public employee may be lawfully terminated when elected to public office because of inevitable conflicts of interest.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that a public employee may be lawfully terminated when elected to public office because of inevitable conflicts of interest. The court held that public employees who desire to hold office, particularly lawyer-legislators, face different restrictions from those faced by non-public employees.

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