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4th Circuit Decides Public Employee First Amendment Case

Published on June 4, 2009

In Fields v. Prater, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court decision by concluding that plaintiff Tammy Fields was wrongfully denied a position as the local director of a county department of social services based on her political affiliation.  This was in violation of her First Amendment rights.  However, the court stated that the defendants were entitled to qualified immunity based on the lack of clarity in the law at the time of the decision.  More after the break. ...


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