Stokes v. City of Mount Vernon: Garcetti Revisited

I keep meaning to blog about a recent decision that came down in the Southern District of New York concerning a public employee’s free speech rights under the First Amendment, but Wait a Second beat me to the punch.

I wrote previously about how a Supreme Court decision dramatically curtailed the free speech protections of public employees, resulting in some odd incentives. In the case at hand, the question concerns the legality of retaliation by a government entity that does not have a direct employer-employee relationship with the person whose speech is in question. As Wait a Second writes:

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