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.