Law360 (March 25, 2020, 5:28 PM EDT) -- In an effort to deter and redress strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs, a majority of states have adopted anti-SLAPP laws.
Designed with the aim of protecting individuals who speak out on matters of public concern against more powerful corporate interests that may be negatively affected by such speech, these statutes typically provide qualifying defendants with an early stage procedural mechanism to stay discovery, force the plaintiff to show a probability of prevailing, and (if successful) recover costs and attorney fees.
Employment discrimination laws, of course, were also designed to protect, and provide a mechanism for redress, to individuals (employees)...
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