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Sixth Circuit analyzes patronage exception to governmental employees' civil rights claims

The Sixth Circuit recently addressed the patronage exception to First Amendment wrongful discharge-type civil rights claims in governmental employment.  The case arose out of Kenton County in Kentucky.  The newly-elected County Clerk retained those employees who supported his election bid, but terminated the Chief Deputy who had not.  She sued, alleging a violation of her right of free speech.  The Court held that she fell within the patronage exception established under the McCloud case, and dismissed her claim.
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