UNFAIR PRACTICE ISSUES; PROTECTED ACTIVITIES – Speech
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300.15000 – Speech
An employee's newsletter articles criticizing the employers' administration is protected speech if it relates to matters of legitimate concern to employees as employees and is not opprobrious, flagrant, insulting, defamatory, insubordinate or fraught with malice as to cause substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities. Exaggerated and over stated language is not, by itself, enough where described events are widely known; pp. 12-13.