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Cleveland Board of Education v. Loudermill

United States Supreme Court
470 U.S. 532 (1985)


Facts

Loudermill (plaintiff) was employed by the Cleveland Board of Education (the Board) (defendant) as a classified civil servant, who under Ohio law could only be terminated for cause, with a right to administrative review if terminated. On his employment application Loudermill stated that he had never been convicted of a felony. When the Board later discovered that Loudermill had been convicted of a felony, he was terminated for dishonesty in his application without an opportunity to respond to the charges of dishonesty or to challenge his termination. Loudermill brought suit, alleging that the Board had deprived him of property without due process. The district court found that Loudermill had a property interest in continued employment, and that the termination procedures set out by Ohio law had been followed in Loudermill’s case.

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