The New York City Transit Authority had the right to fire an employee who said that two supervisors murdered by a disgruntled former colleague deserved to die, a federal appeals court ruled June 21.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that even if Carlos Blackman’s statements touched on a matter of public concern, the Transit Authority’s interest in keeping the workplace free of disruption “plainly” outweighed Blackman’s free speech interests.