The Wisconsin Supreme Court says Marquette University shouldn’t have fired a conservative professor over his blog post criticizing a student instructor he believed shut down discussion about opposition to gay marriage
The ruling Friday sides with former professor John McAdams. It concludes Marquette breached its contract with him guaranteeing academic freedom. The court says McAdams should immediately be reinstated in his same position, his tenured status retained and given back pay for the three years he missed.
McAdams sued the private Catholic school in 2016, arguing that he lost his job for exercising freedom of speech.
Marquette says McAdams wasn’t fired for the content of his 2014 post, but because he named the instructor and linked to her personal website that had personal identifying information. The instructor later received a flood of hateful messages and threats.
The ruling has been eagerly awaited by conservatives who see universities as liberal havens and by private businesses that want control over employee discipline.