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Bruce Barry on Free Speech in the Workplace

Is it legal to fire people for engaging in talk that makes employers uncomfortable, even if it has little or nothing to do with the job or workplace?

Date: October 26, 2007

Podcast #: 07-28

 

Price: Free

 

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Synopsis

In his new book Speechless, Bruce Barry critiques a legal system that gives employers wide latitude to suppress worker expression, and argues that freedom of speech in the workplace is excessively and needlessly limited. Barry advocates changes to the law and to management practice that would expand employees' expressive rights without jeopardizing the legitimate interests of employers.

Bruce Barry is Professor of Management and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches courses on power and influence in organizations, business and society, negotiation, and the sociology of media and technology.

In this weeks You've Been Spotted segment, Kevin Lee interviews participants from AMA's course "Mastering Challenging Management Conversations". Listen to these participants share their insights on managing difficult workplace situations.
 

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