Soto-Padro v. Pub. Bldg. Auth., No. 10-2413 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
PBA is a commonwealth-created public corporation that plans and maintains of physical facilities related to government services. During a reorganization, PBA's board eliminated some positions and created new ones. Plaintiff, a member of the NPP, one of Puerto Rico's two main political parties, applied for three PBA jobs after his position was eliminated. Those who interviewed him were PDP (the other political party) sympathizers. Plaintiff was offered one of the jobs, but considered it a demotion. He was reclassified, like many PBA staffers in both political camps. While his suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983, 1985, and 1988 was pending, plaintiff was promoted into another PBA position. The district court entered summary judgment for defendants. The First Circuit affirmed, noting that plaintiff had no property interest in his particular job functions and that there was no evidence that the reorganization decisions were based on loyalties to political parties.