Attorney General Calls for Rescinding of “Sickout” Subpoenas
April 17, 2019
Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on the governor and the Labor Cabinet to rescind subpoenas sent to local school districts, giving them ten days to take action. The subpoenas seek records and names of teachers who may have participated in recent “sickouts.” They were issued by the Labor Cabinet as part of a supposed inquiry into possible violations of labor law, and the education commissioner said they could result in $1,000 fines for individual teachers. In his letter, Beshear wrote that attempts to fine members of “sickouts” could violate their First Amendment Rights, and that the administration’s action may constitute “intimidation, threats, or coercion” in violation of state law.