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Speechless by Bruce Barry

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INTRODUCTIONSpeechless at Work in America

IMAGINE IT’S THE FALL OF 2004. You arrive at the office building where you work and park in the parking lot. As you get out of your car and head to the building, you see your boss getting out of her car nearby and exchange a wave. Later that day she asks you to stop by her office, where she says, “Hey, I noticed when you pulled in this morning that Bush-for-President sticker on your car. I don’t know anything about your politics, but frankly I can’t cope with having someone work for me who thinks Bush should be reelected. I’m sorry it’s come to this, but you’re fired. I need you to clear out by the end of the day.”

Is this restriction on freedom of speech legal? Ethical? Reasonable? Outrageous?

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