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KU Prof’s Case Raises Legal Questions

Associated Press - September 23, 2013 10:15 am

The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.

The regents passed the current policy in December after a University of Kansas professor posted an anti-NRA tweet on Twitter.

Employment law experts say the case of a University of Kansas professor who posted divisive remarks on Twitter raises legal questions about how far employers can go in holding employees accountable for what they say on social media.

The university announced Friday it had placed journalism professor David Guth on administrative leave for posting, “blood is on the hands of the (hash)NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters” after a mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington.

Mike Selmi, who teaches employment law at George Washington University in Washington, says public employees usually enjoy stronger First Amendment protection than private-sector employees.

A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union says he didn’t like Guth’s comment, but he believes it’s protected speech.

Red Neck

September 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Not if it comes back on the employer such as this has.

rocking grandma

September 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

And why do public employees have stronger First Amendment protections over private-sector. So tired of this whole elitist attitude in our country. Everyone has the same First Amendment rights!!

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