Supreme Court Year In Review

Supreme Court Employment Law: Decisions Limit Employee Free Speech Rights

Employers must also guard against 'hostile work environment'

This term, the Court decided two companion cases related to First Amendment free speech rights, Schumann v. Dianon and Perez-Dickson v. City of Bridgeport. Both cases involve reversing substantial plaintiff's awards and limiting the application of Connecticut General Statutes § 31-51q, a statute protecting employees from discipline or discharge for exercising their First Amendment rights under the state and federal constitutions.

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