Q&A with Helen Norton | Clearing up the First Amendment

Colorado Politics: In all of your time spent teaching and writing about the First Amendment, what is the biggest misperception that people have about what it does or does not do?

So, for example, if you work for a private company or a nonprofit or some other nongovernmental employer, and if that employer fires you for your speech, the First Amendment does not apply.

Your speech may or may not be protected from your employer’s punishment by statutory or common law depending on the circumstances — but the First Amendment itself provides no protection.

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