A fired fire department battalion chief can’t sue his employer for alleged retaliation involving his Facebook activity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled March 20 (Grutzmacher v. Howard County, 2017 BL 86063, 4th Cir., No. 15-2066, 3/20/17).

The department’s interest in efficiency and preventing workplace disruption outweighed Kevin Patrick Buker’s interest in making inflammatory Facebook comments about gun control and his employer’s social media policy, the decision by Judge James A. Wynn Jr. said....