Former OH university official loses firing appeal

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former University of Toledo administrator has lost an appeal over her firing for an opinion piece she wrote that a court said implied gay people don't deserve the same rights as black people.

A three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court's ruling that dismissed a lawsuit filed by Crystal Dixon against the university and its leaders.

Dixon argued that her firing over an April 2008 op-ed in the Toledo Free Press that she wrote was a violation of her free speech rights.

The panel rejected that argument, saying that her comments went against the very policies that the university wanted her to create and enforce as the associate vice president for human resources, and that her speech wasn't protected.

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