Federal employees freedom of expression being tested

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 9:41am EST

Bill Bransford, parner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

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An Agriculture Department employee has been fired for expressing his personal opinions on technical matters. The incident happened in the National Organic Program. It raised once again the issue of policy versus free speech in the federal workplace. Just what are the limits to free speech while carrying out official duties? We put this question to Bill Bransford, partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth.