The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that disciplinary action imposed by the Allegheny County Port Authority on three employees for wearing ”Black Lives Matter” face masks at work does not survive constitutional scrutiny.

Since April 2020, the Port Authority has required employee to wear masks at work, according to the June 29 opinion. When employees began wearing masks that displayed political statements or social protest messages, the Port Authority prohibited them, citing their potential to disrupt the workplace. Three employees, Sasha Craig, Monika Wheeler and James Hanna, were disciplined for violating the policy.