Worker fired for a Facebook 'Like,' and court says that's OK
You might think a "Like" is worth a thousand words, but a federal judge recently ruled that "Liking" something on Facebook is not the same as expressing your opinion. When Sheriff B.J Roberts fired six employees in Hampton, Virginia, they sued, claiming their First Amendment rights had been violated because one of the staffers was let go after "Liking" the Facebook page of a political opponent of Roberts. In a ruling, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson said while other courts have ruled that Facebook posts are constitutionally protected speech, simply clicking an icon doesn't deserve the same protection. An attorney for one of the workers said he will appeal the decision.
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