The political spoils system took another hit last week when the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that government workers can sue over being ousted from their jobs by a new administration even if they are not affiliated with the opposing party or candidate.
“The right not to have allegiance to the official or party in power itself is protected under the First Amendment, irrespective of whether an employee is actively affiliated with an opposing candidate or party,” U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas L. Ambro wrote in Galli v. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.
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