Lawsuit challenges New Orleans online policy for employees

Louisiana News

Courtesy: City of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans city employees have filed a federal lawsuit claiming city policy governing use of social media unconstitutionally limits free speech.

The suit was filed Thursday by the Tulane First Amendment Law Clinic on behalf of the two city library system workers.

It focuses on a policy memo adopted last year that says employees can face discipline, including firing, for language deemed offensive.

The lawsuit says the policy is overly broad and unconstitutionally governs what employees express while on their own time.

The city says the policy reflects that city employees can sometimes be perceived as representatives of the city.

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