Ocasio-Hernandez v. Fortuno-Burset, No. 13-1336 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs in this case were fourteen maintenance, domestic, and warehouse workers who were abruptly fired from the Puerto Rico executive mansion shortly after Luis Fortuño-Burset (“Fortuño”), the newly-elected governor, took office. In 2009, Plaintiffs sued Fortuño, Fortuño’s wife, and two executive staffers, alleging that they were terminated in violation of the First Amendment because they affiliated with Fortuño’s rival political parties. The district court entered summary judgment dismissing Plaintiffs’ political discrimination claim. The First Circuit affirmed both the summary judgment dismissals of Plaintiffs’ First Amendment claim and the denial of their motion to reconsider, holding (1) the record lacked sufficient evidence that Defendants were aware of Plaintiffs’ political affiliations, and thus, Plaintiffs’ First Amendment claim failed on that ground; and (2) the district court did not err in denying Plaintiffs’ request to reconsider the judgment.