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‘Political correctness’ doesn’t matter: Political belief isn’t a protected characteristic

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Some recently fired employees looking for reasons to sue their employers have started grasping at the gunwales of a “political correctness” lifeboat. They’re trying to claim that being fired for making politically incorrect statements is grounds for a discrimination lawsuit under federal law.

Nice try but no dice was the verdict in a recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case.

Recent case: Tom, who is white, worked as a judicial marshal for the Nevada state court system for about 18 years.

Sometime around 2012, Tom began to amass disciplinary actions and was the subject of several third-party complaints about his behavior. For example, he was cited for appearing to sleep during a court proceeding.

He allegedly made inappropriate misogynistic remarks to a female law clerk around the same time.

He was also investigated for allegedly making racially charged comments to one of his co-workers, a black marshal, which resu...(register to read more)

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