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Within days of the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol, reports began surfacing of individuals who were spotted among the protesters being terminated by their employers.
Workers who in some cases were photographed carrying confederate flags and nooses or wearing clothing with anti-Semitic messages say they were merely exercising their constitutionally protected free-speech rights, and that their firings amounted to illegal retaliation by their employers. Employers see things differently, claiming that the workers’ activities were incompatible with corporate values and put their reputations and relationships at risk.
Do employers have a right to take action against employees who engage in controversial speech or other activities outside the workplace?
Where do employees’ free speech rights begin and end?
Are employers responsible for policing workers’ political conversations around the water cooler or what radio stations they listen to in their individual workspaces?
How do employers strike the correct balance between treating workers lawfully and respecting diversity of thought and protecting their good names and reputations against harm?