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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 04:57 PM

46. I did an in-depth study of free speech rights and of employee's rights of representation

in Germany some years ago for a course I was taking.

And we think we are free? Ha!

At least at that time, based on the case law and statutes I read, a German employee could not be fired for statements that his boss did not like about politics (as long as they were not pro-NAZI or extreme). One case involved a young apprentice who had publicly opposed nuclear energy. I believe he had been fired, not sure about that. The court said that his employer could not fire him for his exercise of his free speech right. (It has been a long time, so I could not swear that I have every fact right. But you get the import.)

That is because, in Germany, the obligation to respect free speech rights and certain other rights applied to everyone, not just the government.

Wish that our laws were more like those of Germany. They are way ahead of us on that.

And the laws that the OP refers to are the outgrowth of the same underlying values as German laws on free speech.

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