The Scope of Free Speech at Work

Lucy Vickers

in Freedom of Speech and Employment

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198268307
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683497 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

The Scope of Free Speech at Work

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This chapter considers the extent to which one human right in particular, the right to freedom of expression, should be given protection within the sphere of work. It seeks to create a model for determining what the ideal protection for freedom of expression in the workplace should be. The issue is complex because of the competing interests that can arise, the different types of speech, and varied circumstances that can be involved. This chapter examines the various justifications for allowing free speech and their interaction with a number of different variables that can impact on the decision to protect speech. It argues that in order for freedom of expression to be given the protection it deserves, those who exercise the right to free speech should be able to enjoy a degree of job security through the creation of a new ground of employment protection.

Keywords: free speech; freedom of expression; employment protection; job security; democracy

Chapter.  24927 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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