A long-time employee of Santa Clara County has been reprimanded for making a critical remark about ObamaCare, even though other workers in the office have worn Obama campaign items to work, according to the above release from the Pacific Justice Institute.
What, are we no longer allowed to discuss the news in our workplace? Does having a government job mean you give up your First Amendment rights? Certainly there are many work places (newsrooms) where the prevailing attitudes are so one-sided toward Democrats and liberal ideology that conservatives must feel restricted in voicing their opinions. But this is really incredible that some supervisor at a local government office felt it necessary to reprimand this worker. The report says that another employee (not involved in the original conversation) complained to the supervisor. What should have happened at this point is that the supervisor should have told the complainer that all employees have free speech rights. Are we so afraid of “offending” someone that we give up our rights to voice opinions?
The Pacific Justice Institute warned the county about trampling on employees’ Constitutional rights and asked for the county to respond to its letter by Dec. 8.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.