(Vermont Valley News) After the town administrator this week instructed a municipal employee to stop flying a Confederate flag from his truck while at work, the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and other parties are raising questions about how public entities may limit their workers’ speech.
Citing a Canaan personnel policy that prohibits town employees from engaging in "political persuasion" on the job, Town Administrator Mike Samson on Monday told J.R. Defosse, the transfer station manager, to remove a small Confederate flag that was mounted to his personal vehicle. Defosse complied.
A representative of the New Hampshire ACLU on Thursday raised concerns that the action limited Defosse’s free speech.
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