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Dec 24, 2012 Comments Off Spit Stixx

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: A federal appeals court has upheld the firing of a high-ranking administrator at the University of Toledo who wrote an op-ed column denouncing comparisons drawn between civil rights for racial minority groups and civil rights for gay people.

In its ruling, handed down last week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that the administrator, Crystal Dixon, did not engage in First Amendment-protected speech when she penned the column for the Toledo Free Press in 2008.

The ruling affirms a previous lower-court ruling that the publicly-funded school did not violate Dixon’s right to free speech (or her 14th Amendment right to equal protection) by sacking her.

Dixon, the panel said, “wrote an op-ed column that was not commissioned by the University and that contradicted the very policies that she was charged with creating, promoting and enforcing.”

Consequently, as the Chronicle of Higher Education reports, the court accepted the university’s argument that the op-ed demonstrated that she would be unable to implement its policies effectively.

The Free Press published Dixon’s essay in 2008, when she was the interim associate vice president for human resources at the university. According to the court, the part that landed her in hot water reads:

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