Project Description

William Sanjour worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more than 25 years. Represented by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto in Sanjour v EPA, he challenged rules restricting EPA workers’ rights to speak to environmental community groups. The court ordered a nationwide injunction upholding the First Amendment Constitutional Rights of federal employees to criticize their agencies and now stands as a landmark decision.

Although controversial when it was decided, the precedent setting Sanjour decision is now widely accepted and has been cited to favorably by judges such as Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Mr. Sanjour was a guest on the Phil Donahue show in 1996 during an early discussion of the importance of whistleblowers in our society that brought them to the attention of the American public.

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