Free Speech in the Public Workplace; Employment Law; an Exit Interview with Teresa Younger

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Sometimes the rulings of the narrowly-divided Supreme Court actually reflect the very divided views of the public and the delicate nature of the law.

But the 2006 decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos made a lot of people scratch their heads. In it, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that work-related statements made by public employees are not protected by the First Amendment.  

Eight years later, NPR’s Nina Totenberg reports that the members of the court seemed “disconcerted” by that ruling, as they heard yet another case concerning the Constitutional rights of public workers in late April.

This hour, we take a closer look at both cases and their impact on employees with public sector jobs.

We also look back on the 2014 legislative session and some of the changes made to employment law here in Connecticut.

And later, Teresa Younger recently announced her resignation from Connecticut's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She joins us for one last interview before taking on her new role as the Ms. Foundation for Women’s executive director.


  • David Savage - Supreme Court Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
  • Stephen Wermiel - Professor of Practice in Constitutional Law and associate director of the Summer Institute on Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law
  • Dan Schwartz - Partner at Shipman and Goodwin and author of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog
  • Teresa Younger - Ms. Foundation for Women CEO and President