Human Resources employee of university cannot sue for being fired after writing op-ed
In the case of Dixon v. University of Toledo, an H.R. employee sued the University after she claimed she was fired for exercising her right of free speech. She had written an Op-ed letter to the local newspaper rejecting comparisons between civil rights claims based on race and sexual orientation. Since the employee was in a policy-making position, she could claim no protected First Amendment right to publicly contradict the stated policies of her employer while remaining in the policy-making employment status.