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Supreme Court First Amendment/FOI: Rulings Overturn 'Retaliation' Awards

Public, private sector workers lose free speech cases

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Employment lawyers are intimately acquainted with a curious statute, Connecticut General Statutes § 31-51q., which provides for a remedy against governmental and private employers who "discharge or discipline" an employee "on account of the exercise by such employee of rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or section 3, 4 or 14 of article first of the Constitution of the state, provided such activity does not substantially or materially interfere with the employee's bona fide job performing or the working relationship between the employee and the employer."

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