A former phone-sex operator wrote a short book about her experiences in 2016 in order to make sure persons were apprised of the predatory nature of some men. She subsequently obtained a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer placed with the Indiana National Guard (as a civilian). When her superiors at the Indiana National Guard discovered her authorship, she was first removed from her placement with the Indiana National Guard and then terminated from participation in the VISTA program. ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit on First Amendment grounds against both the state and federal officials responsible for these decisions. The defendants have moved to dismiss the case, and we have sought summary judgment. The case is pending.
Harnishfeger v. United States of America
Gavin M. Rose, Jan P. Mensz
November 1, 2016