Not My Job: Determining the Bounds of Public Employee Protected Speech

Source: Stephen Allred, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 65 no. 4, Winter 2014
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… This article reviews the Supreme Court’s rulings in public employee free speech cases, discusses the significant departure from precedent that Garcetti made to those cases, summarizes the Court’s most recent ruling in Lane, and argues that the Court should return to the broader standard the Court originally announce in Pickering. Were the Court to do so, it would significantly reduce the confusion the Court has created about whether public employees can speak in court – or in other for a – on matters that derive from their ordinary job responsibilities. …