Can you get fired for protesting? Or spouting off on social media?

CHICAGO — Thousands of people have taken to the streets and to social media in recent weeks to express solidarity with — or in some cases, objections to — the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality. But can they say and do anything without risking their jobs? Let’s break it down. Private-sector employees have no federal free speech protections when it comes to their jobs. Some states have laws protecting employees who engage in off-duty political activity, but in Illinois that law applies only to elections and voting. So private-sector employers would be within th...


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