Tom recently posted a blog about a new directive from the county prohibiting all of its public school employees from engaging in communication on social networks (including blogs). In searching for the terminology online, he found it to be a duplicate of a prohibition issued in Texas. There may be concern about the lack of tact by county employees when discussing their jobs in the online realm. But if it was ever challenged in Court, it’s a no-brainer that it would be ruled an unconstitutional violation of speech. This is the classical case of government mandating excessively broad prohibitions on speech. That’s a historical no-no, baby.
And a recent one, too. Something similar came up in the news this week. The National Labor Relations Board found an employee to be wrongfully terminated by her employer after she insulted her supervisor on Facebook in posts she wrote from home. Why? The prohibitions were excessively broad.
Hm… I wonder if this tactless dickhead would have a case?