In 2009, Central Alabama Community College fired a staff member after he was subpoenaed to testify in a federal case concerning fraud by a state legislator. The College claimed that the staff member was speaking as an employee at the trial, and because he did not testify as the college wanted, it fired him. ADF filed an amicus brief on behalf of the staff member and, in June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the employee, holding his speech was fully protected by the First Amendment.
Institution: Central Alabama Community College
Location: Alexander City, AL
Topic: Faculty Speech