If you believe that your speech was unjustly disciplined by your employer, it is recommended that you file a First Amendment–retaliation claim as soon as possible.
If you are a state or local employee, you must file your claim within the timeframe that your specific state specifies. This can range anywhere from 1 to 6 years. In Ohio, it’s two years from the time of retaliation.
There is a different timeline for federal government employees. This is because this process includes a shorter timeline for filing claims, in addition to the administrative requirements that must first be completed.
Whether you are a local, state, or federal employee, it is advisable to consult experienced legal counsel to instruct you on the appropriate steps and timelines for filing a First Amendment–retaliation claim.