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Introduction: Freedom of Speech and Employment

Lucy Vickers

in Freedom of Speech and Employment

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198268307
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683497 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268307.003.0001

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Introduction: Freedom of Speech and Employment

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That freedom of speech is a fundamental human right is well established. The right to free speech or freedom of expression is protected in virtually all international and domestic human rights documents. Yet the scope of the right, and the circumstances in which it can be exercised, have yet to be fully determined. This book aims to examine the scope of the right to freedom of speech in the specific context of the workplace. The view taken throughout this book is that the right to free speech should be given greater protection in the workplace than has traditionally been the case. It holds that employees should not have work based penalties imposed upon them for exercising their right to free speech in an appropriate manner and at an appropriate time.

Keywords: freedom of speech; employment; workplace; human rights

Chapter.  5444 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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