The former brand president of Levi’s says she was fired for her unfashionable speech. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Jennifer Sey revealed that she was fired as brand president of Levi’s, allegedly because of what Sey had to say. She says she was repeatedly told to stop speaking out against school shutdowns and mask mandates, because the company said that when she spoke—even on her off time—she was speaking on behalf of the company even though she says her colleagues were allowed to publicly attack Donald Trump.
But what about her right to free speech? Well, people have the right to free speech from government intervention, but there’s no law that says a private company can’t tell you not to talk, even in your off time, even if it’s just because they don’t like what you have to say. There are exceptions like for whistleblowers who can speak about unlawful company behavior but if you want to spout a personal opinion, it doesn’t take a jean-ious to tell you that your choice could be to stop talking or hit the road.