An investigator for the Rockland County Human Rights Commission in New York will be allowed a trial to determine if the county has an unconstitutional policy prohibiting employees from speaking out on controversial matters.

Daniel Jean-Gilles claims he was denied promotion and punished for speaking out against a planned mall development and a new ferry landing, which he claimed would lead to increased housing prices that would drive the mostly working-class black community out of Nyack, N.Y.