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Brooks v. Arthur, 11-1899

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 brought by corrections officers at the Correctional Unit in Rustburg, Virginia, alleging that the defendants unlawfully fired them for exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech, the District Court's grant of summary judgment to defendants is affirmed where under Supreme Court jurisprudence, complaints about the employee's own duties that are filed with an employer using an internal grievance procedure, do not relate to a matter of public concern and accordingly may give rise to discipline without imposing any special burden of justification on the government employer.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/09/2012
  • Published 07/09/2012




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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