Waters v. Churchill
Significance, A Reasonable Belief, She Said She Said, Impact, Whistleblower Protection Act Of 1989
Cynthia Waters, Kathleen Davis
That a public hospital employee's speech is not protected by the First Amendment when it disrupts the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the facility.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
Lawrence A. Marison
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
John J. Bisbee
Justices for the Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas
Harry A. Blackmun, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
31 May 1994
Upheld the hospital's claim and overturned a lower court's decision prohibiting the hospital from firing an employee based on what was thought to have been said.
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