Galli v. Pittsburg Unified School District
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A school district employee successfully argued that state officers are not immune from individual liability under 42 USC § 1983 due for “official” acts.
Summary of Filed Complaint
TELG Client Tim Galli discovered that his employer, the Pittsburg (Calif.) Unified School District had engaged in a number of financial and budgetary improprieties. After he reported these problems, he was placed on leave without pay, and forced to take early retirement.
What Happened in Court
A federal judge in the Northern District of California held that state officers are not immune from personal liability under § 1983 solely by virtue of the “official” nature of their acts, and found defendants could be individually liable for Galli’s termination.