Case Number: 19-2322

News Roundup: The Hatch Act and Freedom of Speech

August 16, 2019
New harsh immigration policies, weaker endangered species protections, and a lawsuit to protect the free speech rights of federal employees.

AFGE Union Sues to Protect the Speech Rights of Federal Employees

August 13, 2019
New Hatch Act guidance presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used. 

Complaint: American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 v. OSC – Federal Employee Free Speech Rights

August 13, 2019
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight on behalf of the American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578 against the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). This suit challenges guidance issued by OSC that presumptively restricts federal employees from expressing any opinion on “impeachment” or policy matters if terms like “#resist” or “resistance” are used.