Employment & Immigration Law

Free Speech Rights Limited For Private Sector Workers

Court says employees can be fired for sounding off about official duties

In a significant decision favorable to employers, Schumann v. Dianon (SC 18655, May 1, 2012), the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in an appellate issue of first impression that private sector employees are not entitled to First Amendment free speech protection when speaking about job-related matters in the course of their employment duties resulting in adverse employment actions or termination of their employment – a rule previously applied to public sector employees in Connecticut.

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