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Akers v. McGinnis.

U.S. Appeals Court

FREE SPEECH

ASSOCIATION

WORK RULES

Akers v. McGinnis, 352 F.3d 1030 (6th Cir. 2003). Current and former employees of a corrections department sued department administrators, challenging the constitutionality of a department rule that barred all employees from any nonwork-related contact with prisoners, parolees, probationers (offenders), their relatives and visitors. Some of the employees sought reinstatement after they had been discharged for violating the rule. The district court granted summary judgment for the defendants and the appeals court affirmed. The appeals court held that the actual and hypothetical associations with which the work rule allegedly interfered did not touch on matters of public concern. The court found that the rule did not violate the employees' freedom of expressive association rights, nor did it directly or substantially interfere with employees' intimate association rights. The court noted that the department had a legitimate interest in preventing fraternization between its employees and offenders and their families, and that the rule was a rational means for advancing that interest. (Michigan Department of Corrections)
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Title Annotation:violation of freedom of expressive association rights
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3MI
Date:Feb 1, 2004
Words:173
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