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Employees’ Speech and Associational Rights

Learn about employees’ rights to free speech and association, and how those rights differ in the private and public sectors.


An inspector was employed by a state health agency to inspect restaurants. The legislature was preparing the state’s annual budget, and there was open debate about whether to increase funding for health inspections. The inspector posted a message on his personal social-media account stating that restaurant inspectors were overworked and calling on the state to fund more inspectors to better protect public health.

The inspector’s post was widely shared. Two days later, the inspector’s...