In this fun episode we explore the very timely topic of Free Speech in the Workplace. Many employees believe that they have the right to say whatever they want (including telling racially-offensive jokes) because of their First Amendment right to free speech. Are they right?
We break this episode down into 3 parts.
First, a general definition of free speech and the First Amendment.
Second, we look at laws that specifically protect certain speech in the workplace. The focus here is on Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Religious Speech, and State Laws.
Third, we look at laws that specifically limit speech in the workplace. The focus here is on HIPAA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Insider Trading and Trade Secret laws, and Whistle Blowing.