Flexing your First Amendment rights can sometimes lead to trouble. One member of Saturday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA learned this the hard way when he was allegedly fired by his employer shortly after participating in the rally.
Many private employers follow a “fire at will” practice, allowing them to terminate an employee for a variety of reasons – or for no reason at all – as long as it does not infringe on the employee’s civil rights. But can you be fired for your political speech? What are Valley employer’s legal rights to address similar situations with employees?