The Tenth Circuit on Monday issued one published opinion and two unpublished opinions.
In Lauck v. Campbell County, the Court affirmed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment for Respondents. Petitioner, a former Deputy Sheriff, brought a state law breach of contract claim and civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Campbell County, alleging a denial of procedural due process and retaliation for speech protected by the First Amendment; Petitioner claimed he was improperly transferred and constructively discharged. The Court found that he did not produce sufficient evidence to support his contention that he was constructively discharged, was entitled to a hearing, or was provided an inadequate hearing in violation of his contractual rights. Additionally, the one instance of speech that may be constitutionally protected was not shown to be causally connected to the allegedly retaliatory action by Respondents.