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"Occupy Chicago Raises Employment Law Questions"

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
November 1, 2011

Jeff Nowak was quoted in the article "Occupy Chicago Raises Employment Law Questions" published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article discusses what employers should consider when disciplining or firing employees involved in political or religious demonstrations. The Illinois Personnel Record Review Act (PRRA) prohibits an employer from making any record of an employeeʹs activities unless the employee provides that information to the employer or the activities impact the workplace. According to Jeff, the PRRA protects both private and public employees, while the First Amendment only protects public employees.

ʺPublic employeesʹ speech is protected when they speak out as citizens on matters of public concern,ʺ he said. ʺSo those individuals out on the street corner, if they are public employees, they are going to be protected by their First Amendment right of free speech.ʺ