San Diego, CA – The Dhillon Law Group, in conjunction with the Center for American Liberty, has filed a legal complaint against Palomar Health District due to First Amendment violations. Director Laurie Edwards-Tate is asking the court for a declaration that the Board’s policies violate the First Amendment, and an injunction preventing the district from sanctioning her speech.
View the complaint here.
Ms. Edwards-Tate is a public official who obtains rights under the First Amendment and California Constitution to convey these concerns to her constituents. Ms. Edwards-Tate argues that she has a moral obligation as an elected official to serve her constituents by making them aware of her concerns about what is being done with their tax dollars.
This expressed opinion was contrary to hospital administration’s desired messaging. Subsequently, counsel for the hospital emailed Director Edwards-Tate recommending she be investigated for her public comments to her constituents that were not “coordinated” with the hospital’s legal counsel and media relations team.
Quotes: “The district’s position here flies in the face of the First Amendment. They are trying to sanction an elected official for telling the people she represents about a policy she disagrees with,” said Dhillon Law Group Counsel Karin Sweigart. “It is hard to think of a more blatant infringement on First Amendment speech than the government telling a legislator they cannot tell their constituents they think a government policy is a bad one.”
“Representing my constituents is a responsibility I take seriously,” said Laurie Edwards-Tate. “If I see something happening in the district and there is a concern about it, I have both the right
and the responsibility to let them know. Yet, for doing that, the district is threatening to sanction me.”
To schedule an interview with Director Edwards-Tate and her legal team, please contact Camryn Kinsey at (859) 494-1793 or Camryn@PraetorianPR.com
About Dhillon Law Group
Dhillon Law Group is a nationally recognized business, constitutional, and political law firm with offices in California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Virginia. Its boutique law practice spans commercial and corporate litigation, labor and employment discrimination, First Amendment and defamation litigation, corporate transactions and compliance, intellectual property services, campaign and election law, and white-collar investigations and criminal defense.
About the Center for American Liberty
The Center for American Liberty is a non-profit litigation, education, and public policy organization dedicated to advancing Free Speech rights and Civil Liberties. Founded by Harmeet K. Dhillon in 2019, the Center for American Liberty offers pro-bono and low-bono legal representation to Americans whose fundamental freedoms are violated.