Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot in the media say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply outside the government.
In Connecticut, that’s just not true — particularly when it comes to the private workplace.
As I’ve written about before, employees do have certain free speech rights that have been codified in state law. Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 31-51q to be exact.
But those rights are not unlimited and when such speech interferes with the working relationship at the company, it may not be protected at all.
On Monday, I’ll be discussing this on a live webinar with the Western Connecticut chapter of SHRM.
I’ll talk about the state of the current law, some common scenarios and best practices for human resources in dealing with social media, protests and the pandemic.
Hope you can join us.