Judge OKs Firing Over Facebook 'Like,' But Appeal Looms

Law360, New York (May 4, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge recently held that Facebook "likes" are not constitutionally protected speech, nixing a lawsuit brought by workers who claimed a sheriff fired them for supporting his opponent, but experts told Law360 on Friday that the First Amendment ruling is unlikely to hold up on appeal.

U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson granted summary judgment on April 24 to Hampton, Va., Sheriff B.J. Roberts in a suit filed by six workers who claimed he had fired them because they backed his opponent in a...
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