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Kriegal v. State Of Rhode Island, Dept. Of Corrs.

U.S. District Court

FREE SPEECH

DISABILITY

Kriegal v. State Of Rhode Island, Dept. Of Corrs., 266 F.Supp.2d 288 (D.R.I. 2003). A state employee who was a former probation counselor brought a state court action alleging First Amendment violations, and violation of state fair employment, handicap, and civil rights laws. The case was removed to federal court, where the district court granted summary judgment, in part, for the defendants. The court held that even if the employee demonstrated that the statements he made on the radio about the corrections department were of public interest, he failed to demonstrate that his discharge was motivated by his protected speech, as required for a retaliation claim. The court held that summary judgment was precluded by a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the accommodation requested by the counselor who had vision problems, to refrain from coverage of courtooms which required rapid eye movement, was reasonable and whether the state's denial was unreasonable. The counselor had started as a juvenile counselor, sustained an injury with an inmate and spent ten years on workers' compensation. (Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Adult Probation and Parole)
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Title Annotation:freedom of speech, Department of Corrections
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U1RI
Date:Aug 1, 2003
Words:195
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