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N.J. Worker Fired for Anti-BLM Posts Loses Free-Speech Appeal

May 20, 2022, 6:24 PM

A New Jersey health-care provider was permitted to fire its corporate director of customer services for her personal Facebook posts disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement during the height of the George Floyd protests, a state appeals court ruled Friday in a case of first impression.

AtlantiCare Medical System Inc. and Geisinger Health System Inc. didn’t engage in state action when they terminated Heather McVey, the New Jersey Appellate Division said. Under the US Constitution, there can be no violation of the right to free speech or another right when there’s no state action and the same is true under ...