Fired university administrator loses appeal over controversial newspaper editorial

, The National Law Journal


A university administrator fired for writing a newspaper editorial asserting that homosexuality is a choice has lost an appeal in her retaliation lawsuit against the school.

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  • Avon

    I'd agree with the University and with the court in a heartbeat ... if she had identified herself as an employee, especially as the employee most responsible for implementing equal rights in the University's hiring.

    But she didn't. The damage to the University's mission is far less because the average reader will have no idea that she has any more influence than any of many thousands of other alumni/ae. So, as one who knows what her job is, I'd like to see the University win; but as a fan of all civil rights including the public's right of free speech, I think this is a plausible appeal and a tough case.

    I hope the judges will treat it as such. I think the trial court was wrong to say we shouldn't even compare the two situations. I admire judges who admit it when they've got a close case - much more than I admire judges who write arguments and call them "decisions."

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