A former Philadelphia School District administrator who claims he was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a mishandled $7.5-million security-camera contract will receive a $318,000 award, a Philadelphia federal judge ordered on Monday. Francis X. Dougherty sued the Philadelphia School District, its former top human resources official, Estelle Matthews, and the estate of Arlene Ackerman, who died in February 2013, alleging he was wrongfully suspended and subsequently fired for talking to the press about the dubious contract. Mr. Dougherty’s lawsuit claimed that Ms. Ackerman violated his First Amendment right to free speech by placing him on leave from ... Read More
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