Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling Bolsters Employee Rights

Law360, New York (May 5, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT) -- For employees, exercising one's right to free speech can be a slippery slope, especially when the boss doesn't like the message. But thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's new decision in the case of demoted Paterson, New Jersey, police detective Jeffrey Heffernan, that right just got a little stronger.

Heffernan, a 20-year veteran of the force, was promoted to detective in 2005 and given a choice assignment in the police chief's office. During the 2006 mayoral campaign, a yard sign was stolen from in front of his mother's house, and she asked Heffernan to get her a replacement. The sign happened to...

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