Matthew Magalis sued the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC), claiming he was fired for reporting corruption.
Magalis admitted that in October 2006, he gave the Chicago Tribune a report about a co-worker doing political work on state time for Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Magalis said he feared the worker would go unpunished, and that the First Amendment protected him for speaking out.
It hasn’t protected him thus far. The DHS canned Magalis for violating state confidentiality laws, and the CSC upheld the firing.
- Clarify your vacation policy or cough up extra pay
- Insubordinate worker? Fire away knowing court probably won't second-guess
- Is it time to ban swearing in the workplace?
- Track declining productivity to justify staffing, pay and promotion decisions
- If possible, have the manager who hired the employee also do the firing