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Beware the perils of firing because of political speech

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Political speechOn Aug. 12, 2017, a “unite the right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent when alt-right and neo-Nazi demonstrators clashed with counterprotesters. An Ohio man was arrested for driving his car into a group of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.

Afterward, a Twitter account titled “Yes, You’re Racist” reposted pictures from the event and encouraged social media users to identify and expose right-wing demonstrators. In one case, a California man was fired from his job at a restaurant.

A few days earlier, a Google engineer lost his job after circulating a memo criticizing the company’s diversity programs and claiming that women were not biologically suited to the tech industry.

Both incidents raised questions about how private employers handle employees with unpopular political views and what legal hurdles they may face.

THE LAW: The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees that Congress, and ...(register to read more)

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