from the seems-vindictive dept
The teacher, who was the head of his union, contends that this was just an excuse to fire him over his union activities at a time when labor/management relations at the school were not going well. The court, however, has no problem with the firing, insisting that doing that search was a violation and thus he was fired for reasons that had nothing to do with protected collective activity. While I can understand where the ruling comes from, at some point, it doesn't seem to pass the common sense test. The "infraction" here seems minor. He didn't even click on any of the images he found. Everyone agrees that he spent a grand total of 67 seconds looking at the thumbnails on Google's results. It may have been against policy. It may have been stupid to do that at a school... but firing the guy for it seems to go beyond what would likely happen to another teacher in that situation.