Oct 25, 2010
commented on Texas High School Kicks Cheerleader Off Squad For Refusing To Cheer For Her Rapist
I think the court simply applied the same logic to the school and cheerleader that it would to any employer and employee. The business (school) required its voluntary employee (cheerleader) to lie to its customers (basketball fans) regarding her support for the team. When the employee refused, she was fired. My husband was in a similar situation two years ago when he was fired for refusing to falsify arsenic levels in the groundwater around a landfill. In Texas, an employment-at-will state, an employee may be fired at any time for any reason or no reason at all (you can also quit your job for the same reasons).
It was still a nasty thing for the school to do, but based on my prior experience, there isn't anything that can legally be done about it besides harm the school's reputation.