Freedom of speech is an important right in liberal democratic societies. It is also a concept that can cause significant academic and public debate. Very little work has been done, however, on free speech in arenas such as the workplace. This paper reports on a project that is examining the status of free speech at work through a qualitative study of employees in Australian organizations. It reveals that, according to the interviewees, while the existence of a right to free speech is well recognized, people have difficulty actually exercising this right. In theory, people may have rights to free speech in the workplace, but, in practice, these rights are not respected. This paper provides a description and philosophical analysis of some of these qualitative findings.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2007|