August 24, 2017

ABA Legal Fact Check website adds speech in the workplace as its first update

CHICAGO, Aug. 24, 2017 —The American Bar Association updated its new web-based legal fact check service today by exploring the conflicting issues regarding free speech in the workplace.

The site, ABA Legal Fact Check, debuted a week ago and is the first fact check website focusing exclusively on legal matters. The project is one of several initiatives launched by Hilarie Bass, who became the new ABA president on Aug. 15 at the close of the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.

Questions about the free speech rights of employees in the workplace received considerable attention earlier this month when a Google engineer was fired after his 10-page document chastising the company’s diversity efforts became public. The new item offers a brief legal history of speech in the workplace and notes that the extent of free speech protection in the workplace depends on many factors, such as whether the employee works in the public or private sector, the state in which the individual works, applicable federal and state statutes and whether the worker is protected by a union.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the public find dependable answers to swirling and sometimes confusing legal questions. The URL for the new site is Follow us on twitter @ABAFactCheck.

Click here for a biography of ABA President Hilarie Bass.

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