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SO YOU THINK YOU'RE GUARANTEED FREE SPEECH ON THE JOB? TRY TELLING THAT TO YOUR BOSS

EARLIER THIS MONTH A FELLOW NAMED SAM YOUNG was fired from his grocery-store job for wearing a Green Bay Packers T shirt. All right, this was Dallas, and it was a little insensitive to flaunt the enemy team's logo on the weekend of the N.F.C. championship game, but Young was making the common assumption that if you stay away from obscenity, libel or, perhaps in this case, the subject of groceries, it is a free country, isn't it? Only problem was he had not read the First Amendment carefully enough: it says government cannot abridge freedom of expression. Private employers can,...

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