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Freedom of Speech and Dismissal

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/9780198268307.003.0005

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Freedom of Speech and Dismissal

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This chapter considers the extent to which these various provisions provide adequate employment protection for free speech. Employees who exercise the right to free speech about work may well find their employers less than pleased. The employer may perceive the employee's action to be disloyal as well as disliking any adverse publicity that results from the speech. In response, the employer may take disciplinary action against the employee, and may even dismiss them. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 extends the law on unfair dismissal to provide automatic protection for employees who raise matters of concern relating to designated types of wrongdoing or malpractice at work. In addition, several statutes, such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, provide protection for employees who disclose that their standards are not being met.

Keywords: freedom of speech; dismissal; employment protection; Sex Discrimination Act; Public Interest Disclosure Act

Chapter.  25939 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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