The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace

Book - 2007
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A factory worker is fired because her boss disagrees with her political bumper sticker. A stockbroker feels pressure to resign from an employer who disapproves of his off-hours political advocacy. A flight attendant is grounded because her airline doesn't like what she's writing in her personal blog. Is it legal to fire people for speech that makes employers uncomfortable, even if the content has little or nothing to do with their job or workplace? For most American workers, the alarming answer is yes.

Here , Bruce Barry reveals how employers and courts are eroding workers' ability to express themselves on and off the job-with damaging consequences for individuals, their employers, and civil society as a whole. He explains how the law and accepted management practice stifle free speech on the job, why employers make repressive choices, and what workers can do to protect themselves. And he shows that not only are our rights as employees being diminished, but also our effectiveness as citizens-as participants in the civic conversations that make democracy work.
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781576753972
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 24 cm


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