Clicked Like - lost my job
The sheriff from Virginia fired six of his employees with the wording "for actions that impede the harmonious and harmonious work of the unit."
One of these employees, as it turned out, was fired only because he “liked” the page of the political opponent of his boss.
The case was examined by Judge Raymond Jackson, and he fully recognized the sheriff’s case.
There is a first amendment to the US Constitution defining what actions Congress should not take. There is a clause "The US Congress will not infringe on freedom of speech."
Moreover, in Virginia, public servants have the right to speak freely on political issues, and even openly support those who are opposed to their boss.
However, Raymond regarded the actions of the dismissed employee differently. In his opinion, clicking on Like is not freedom of speech.
“Clicking the Like button is too easy. This cannot be attributed to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is something more serious. And here - just a button, this is not some kind of statement on the merits, which can be protected by the Constitution. ”
Analysts and law researchers raise eyebrows in surprise. Law professor Eugene Volokh believes that clicking the Like button is an expression of one’s opinion, and it’s open.
As expected, the court decision will be appealed.
PS The more I read news lately, somehow related to courts, lawyers and law, the more often I remember this guy.