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HUMAN RIGHTS: Do employees have the freedom to offend?

01 May 2015  

Makbool Javaid and Heather Hacking consider the conflict between employees’ right to express themselves and their responsibilities to their employer

The battle for freedom of expression has been in the headlines following both the Charlie Hebdo attack and the increased use of social media as a forum to express views. Questions about the extent of the right to free speech continue to reverberate both nationally and internationally. This article explores the issue of freedom of expression in the context of the employer/employee relationship.




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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Ahmed and ors v United Kingdom [2000] 29 EHRR 1

    Game Retail Ltd v Laws [2014] UKEAT 0188/14

    Rubins v Latvia [2015] ECHR 2

    Vogt v Germany [1996] 21 EHRR 205

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