Freedom Not to Listen: A Constitutional Analysis of Compulsory Indoctrination Through Workplace Captive Audience Meetings

Source: Roger C. Hartley, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Vol. 31 no. 1, 2010

In this Article, I demonstrate that employers’ First Amendment free speech rights do not preclude a ban on captive audience meetings. Instead, employees are a “captive audience” whom the Constitution protects from being force-fed the employer’s religious and political ideology at the workplace. Employers, accordingly, have no free speech right to coerce workplace ideological listening.

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