(solution) Apply your knowledge of constitutional law to business settings.

(solution) Apply your knowledge of constitutional law to business settings.

  1. Apply your knowledge of constitutional law to business settings.
  2. Practice identifying ?pro? and ?con? arguments to a position. In law and in business it is often helpful to consider reasons for and against certain actions. For example, one good way to prepare for a negotiation is to consider what the opposing person wants and how that person would justify the reasonableness of those wants.


  1. Read the following:

A former BIGCORP, INC. employee says her supervisor fired her last week for

refusing to remove an antiwar button from her shirt in the workplace.


Sarah Dove said supervisor Chris McHawk terminated her

employment and escorted her from the building after she defied a

company policy that prohibits political statements about the war on

Iraq in the workplace but allows displaying the American flag.


Dove said she had worked for the not-for-profit

educational-testing and research company for seven months as a

temporary employee. She was planning to leave the company in eight

weeks to attend graduate school before the April 4 firing, she said.


“People who don’t say, ‘Rah, rah, support the war’ are told they have

to shut up,” said Dove, 25. “It was obvious in that environment

that a pro-war attitude was acceptable, while a pro-peace mindset was



Two BIGCORP, INC. employees confirmed Monday that Dove was fired for not

removing the button. A company spokesman said it could not discuss

personnel issues.  BIGCORP, INC. is a privately held corporation.


2. For each of the following questions, write a 3-5 sentence answer.

a. Does Dove have a good case against BIGCORP, INC. for violation of her freedom of speech?

b. How would you defend against this case if you were BIGCORP, INC.?

c. What ?freedom of speech? rights do employees have in the workplace?