Protecting First Amendment Rights of Whistleblowers
Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP won nationwide injunctive relief on behalf of all federal employees
establishing their First Amendment right to blow the whistle on their agencies. William Sanjour worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more than 25 years. Represented by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto in Sanjour v. EPA, he challenged rules restricting EPA workers right to speak to environmental community groups.
Over a four year period, he fought this lawsuit and ultimately prevailed. The court finally ordered a nationwide injunction upholding the First Amendment right of federal employees to criticize their agencies. Sanjour v EPA now stands as a landmark decision preventing the government from silencing government employees criticizing the government and establishing First Amendment rights of federal employees to blow the whistle on their employer.
Mr. Sanjour was a guest on the Phil Donahue show in 1996, during an early discussion of the importance of whistleblowers in our society that helped bring whistleblowers to the attention of the American public.
The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself details these protections in “RULE 9: If Working for the Government, Use the First Amendment.”
If you are concerned that your constitutional rights have been violated and would like to know how Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto can help you with your case, please contact us by completing our Contact Form.
For more information, see our collection of caselaw pertaining to whistleblower protections under the First Amendment.