Court curbs right to sue by 'whistle-blowers'
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a government ''whistle-blower'' does not have an independent right to sue his superior for violating his First Amendment rights.Skip to next paragraph
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The ruling said federal courts may act to rectify constitutional harms done by the government to its employees. Lower courts may even exercise that power when Congress has not passed a law specifying awards of money damages. But, in ruling against a government aerospace engineer, the court said that power is to be exercised cautiously.