Legislative immunity does not protect a Pennsylvania state representative and the Democratic House Caucus from being sued by a whistleblower who claims she was fired for refusing to lie under oath, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

In Fowler-Nash v. The Democratic Caucus, a unanimous three-judge panel rejected the argument that plaintiff Amy Fowler-Nash’s suit was barred by absolute legislative immunity because she had worked as a legislative assistant, and that her firing was therefore “within the sphere of legitimate legislative authority.”