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Constitutional Law Keyed to Shanor
Cleveland Board of Education v. Loudermill
Citation:470 U.S. 532 (1985)
In 1979 the Cleveland Board of Education hired respondent James Loudermill as a security guard. On his job application, James stated that he had never been convicted of a felony. Eleven months later, as part of a routine examination of his employment records, the Board discovered that in fact James had been convicted of grand larceny. The Board informed James that he had been dismissed because of his dishonesty in filling out the employment application. James was not afforded an opportunity to respond to the charge of dishonesty or to challenge his dismissal. Under Ohio law, James was classified civil servant. Such employees can be terminated only for cause, and may obtain administrative review if discharged.
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