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Fired UMass security officers can pursue civil rights claims

Alleged retaliation for unmasking ‘patronage scheme’

Two security officers at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell could sue for violations of their First Amendment rights based on claims they were fired for speaking out publicly against unfair hiring practices and sexual harassment, a Superior Court judge in Massachusetts has found. The individual defendants, which included the school’s former chancellor and current chief of police, ...

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