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First Amendment

A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who fired a worker for making false sexual harassment claims against his supervisor cannot be held liable for violating that employee's First Amendment rights. The court ruled that the internal investigation into the plaintiff's actions was sound and proved that the plaintiff had attempted to enlist other employees to backup the sexual harassment story. Also, the plaintiff's actions were legitimate grounds for dismissal. (Johnson v. State of Louisiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, No. 03-30087, 2004)

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