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Dougherty v. Philadelphia School District, 13-3868

In this case, plaintiff was terminated after publicly disclosing the alleged misconduct of defendant Superintendent in steering a prime contract to a minority-owned business. Denial of defendants' motions for summary judgment is affirmed, where: 1) defendant illegally conditioned plaintiff's public employment on a basis that infringes the employee's constitutionally protected interest in freedom of expression; and 2) the illegality of defendants' actions was sufficiently clear, so they had fair notice that their retaliation against plaintiff's constitutionally protected speech would not be shielded by qualified immunity.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/21/2014
  • Published 11/21/2014


  • Fisher


  • United States Third Circuit


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