McArdle v. Peoria School Dist. No. 150

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
First Amendment
Case Number: 
No. 11-2437
Decision Date: 
January 31, 2013
Federal District: 
C.D. Ill.
Dist. Ct. did not err in granting defendant-school district’s motion for summary judgment in action alleging that defendant violated plaintiff-principal’s First Amendment rights when it terminated plaintiff in effort to prevent plaintiff from publicly revealing improprieties allegedly committed by plaintiff’s supervisor. Record showed that said improprieties concerned violations of school policies that also pertained to school finances, and that all such matters were within plaintiff’s oversight as school principal. As such, plaintiff’s reporting of such misconduct qualified as speech of public employee that was not protected under First Amendment.