Week 7: First Amendment Violation

by Alena Naiden

Bland vs Roberts Case

Employees were fired after they “Liked” the Facebook page of the candidate opposing their boss in the campaign for sheriff. They sued their former employer and said his decision violated their First Amendment right of free speech.

Here is the website with the information about the case:

http://www.dmlp.org/threats/bland-v-roberts#description

An opinion piece about the case:

http://www.businessesgrow.com/2013/06/04/facebook-speech-career/

I agree that their boss’s action, if proven to be based on their “support” of his opposition, limits these workers’ freedom and put them into position where they should be afraid to have an opinion and voice it. Facebook is a social network where people usually express themselves and live personal life, so it should’t affect their professional life if they didn’t want it to do so.

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