The Associated Press 30 May 2018 DETROIT (AP) — A man who says his career suffered after he posted a photo of himself wearing a Santa Claus costume and holding a semi-automatic rifle has cleared a key hurdle in a lawsuit against the state of Michigan. Calvin Congden’s lawsuit can proceed on his First Amendment claim and other arguments. Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith released a decision Tuesday. Congden, an Army veteran, worked for Michigan’s Child Protective Services division. He says he lost favor with managers after posting his Santa photo on Facebook. Congden says a manager told co-workers that he "looked crazy" and warned them to be careful. The state says Congden eventually resigned under a settlement with his union. Congden says the state illegally retaliated against him because of his Facebook post and complaints to others. Copyright (2018) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org .