Roseanne’s hard lesson: The First Amendment protects you, not your job

Should you be allowed to tweet or say anything you want, because free speech is covered by the First Amendment?

ABC sitcom star Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist comment about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday and was swiftly fired.

Theres a big difference between free speech and hate speech…

— C-Nappz (@CNappz) May 29, 2018

But could everyday workers be fired for expressing their opinions at the office?

Here’s what experts say:

What am I allowed to post on Facebook and Twitter?

Employers may decide to take disciplinary action against their employees if they post something on Facebook FB, +1.15% or Twitter that is inconsistent with their values on social media, said Paula Brantner, a senior adviser at Workplace Fairness, an employment law nonprofit.

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