Tag: first amendment

If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are, there may be state or local laws protecting employees from discrimination based on their political beliefs or activities, but those jurisdictions are the exception, not the rule.

A first-of-its-kind lawsuit claims two federal agencies violated employee rights and retaliated against them for whistle blowing by monitoring out-of-network email content. While such monitoring by private-sector employers seems to be protected by federal law, the case will almost assuredly prompt similar lawsuits. This story comes from HRE Online: Can a government agency target its…