NJ County Workers Say Social Media Rules Curb Free Speech

Law360, New York (January 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EST) -- Two employees of Gloucester County, N.J., on Monday launched a suit alleging the county's social networking and media policy for its employees violates their First Amendment rights under the U.S. and New Jersey constitutions.

Named plaintiffs Vincent Gattuso and Michael Blaszczyk allege the county's policy, which addresses employee conduct for texting, instant messaging, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media outlets, is broad in scope and vague in its instructions and should be enjoined.

“Because the policy bans, or requires preclearance for, a vast range of employees'...
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