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The Sixth Circuit revived a former Emergency Medical Services captain’s retaliation suit in which he claimed he was dismissed after making incendiary comments on his private Facebook page about the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A district court will have to address whether the captain’s free speech interests outweigh the interest of Cleveland EMS.

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Ballot Access

The Sixth Circuit denied Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a stay pending appeal of a case relating to ballot signature requirements. Proponents of a criminal justice reform initiative say the combination of the governor’s stay-at-home order and the signature requirements create an unconstitutionally severe restriction on their access to the ballot. 

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Genetic Mutation

Diagnosis of the BRCA1 mutation — a gene that substantially limits normal cell growth and increases the risk of breast cancer — could be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The court revived disability discrimination claims against a day care brought by a former employee who was fired after having a double mastectomy. 

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