Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Fall 2020, Volume 26, Issue 4

Political Speech and Work: You Plastered Your Opinion on Social Media. Can You Be Fired?

By Marina Kats Fraigun, Esq.

Marina Kats Fraigun is a Plaintiff’s employment attorney. She has been practicing for more than 22 years. She was selected as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and the Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California for the same years. She is an aggressive Plaintiff’s side employment attorney who has been referred to as a "pit bull." Marina also teaches in the Paralegal Program at Los Angeles Valley College. In addition to being a passionate advocate and founder of Fraigun Law Group, Marina is happily married and is raising two teenage sons.

An engineer was fired for attending a rally. A public-school teacher is fired for posting memes about George Floyd on her Instagram. An employer got an angry email from a customer that one of her employees posted a swastika on Facebook.

Can these employees be fired? Should they be? The answer is a resounding "Maybe."

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