The issue of free speech has now come to the younger generation not through a protest but through their facebook “like” button. The court has come down that it is not speech. However, the issue is probably still far from decided. Facebook says the “like” button is the equivalent of today’s yard sign. This is probably true, as if a young person today wants to support a political candidate or a resturaunt for that matter they will go to the facebook page and “like” it. The question still is whether the language is protected to keep you from being fired. If the employee had been outside going from house to house with signs supporting their employers competition should they have been fired. If this were in Texas, and a private employer, I think the answer would clearly be yes. They can be fired. If you want to support you employers competition, why should you not just go work for them. Why should your employer keep someone who does not believe in them. If this is free speech and should be protected, how does it differ from the comments made from the CEO of Chick-Fil-A who was only expressing his opinion through speech. I think this is an area of the law with many different issues and possible angles. It may be a while before the courts get this sorted out. None the less, we must all be cautioned when participating in social networking sites. Once you post, it becomes very public.
So tell us, do you believe the “Like” button on Facebook falls under Freedom of Speech?
Family law can be a very complicated and emotional issue that affects so many people today. With our office in Sugar Land Texas we handle these cases in Fort Bend County , Harris County, Brazoria County, Waller County and other surrounding counties. There is also lots of misinformation that about the laws in Texas that can make things even more confusing and frustrating for Husband’s and Wives going through divorce. This is why it is important that you consult a Family Law Attorney if you are considering or in the process of Divorce. When there are kids and property issue to be handled it creates so many possible options. We offer a free consultation to prospective clients so that they can get some accurate information as it relates to Divorce in Texas. Whether it is Custody issues or Property Division issues it is important to informed about your rights and what you can expect. Many people get their information from friends who have been through divorce but this information may not be accurate as it pertains to your case. If someone had a divorce that was completely agreed terms then it may be nothing like what a court can and will order. Parties should work to settle their cases as much as possible, especially when kids are involved. Results can also vary from County to County to some extent as each judge has certain things that they think are important and how it should be decided. There are many issues in Family Law which I hope to go in to more detail in future Blogs.
I just wanted to take a moment to say how proud we are of all the Athletes and especially the U.S. Olympic Athletes. It was so great to see the Gold medal moments such as Soccer, Track and Gymnastics but it was also great to see all the athletes compete. Great job by all and you should all be so proud, we are!