Friday, April 18, 2014

Lawsuit against Gally tossed out

Angela McCaskill
image from Gallaudet University
A million dollar lawsuit against Gallaudet University has been dismissed by a federal judge. We first told you about Angela McCaskill filing the lawsuit last fall in a post here. The University’s chief diversity officer said the school violated an anti-discrimination law when she was placed on paid leave for signing a petition about Maryland’s gay-marriage law. McCaskill was demoted when she was allowed to return to work. Her lawsuit asked for $2.5 million. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg wrote:
“While a citizen has an unfettered right to petition her government, such a constitutional claim aimed at Gallaudet cannot succeed here, as the university and its employees are private parties not subject to the First Amendment’s strictures."
You can read the decision here.