How to avoid being fired for saying ‘black lives matter’
How do you keep your job if you say something controversial on social media?
A new law in Minnesota, which is set to go into effect on Jan. 1, could be an answer to that question.
The law, HB15, would require employers to allow employees to choose their own job title and job category, allowing them to choose whether to be called a public servant, a firefighter, a police officer or even a firefighter.
It would also provide employees with the right to use social media platforms for their own private expression, such as posts or tweets.
This legislation has been criticized as being too much like the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban and its “Muslim ban.”
But critics of the law say it is needed to ensure the public has the right information to make informed decisions on who they hire and where they can live, work and pray.
The bill was introduced last year by Rep. Kevin Knutson (R-St. Paul) and passed by the House of Representatives on July 12.
The measure has been in the works for months, but Knutsson says the legislation was not yet ready for the governor’s signature.
He said he is optimistic the bill will pass the House.
“I am hopeful that we’ll have a date that we can sign it into law in the next few weeks,” Knutsey told The Associated Press.
He hopes the bill, which would go into place effective on Jan 1, will help prevent discrimination in the workplace.
“When the governor signs it, I hope that he recognizes the importance of this legislation,” he said.
“And if we are unable to do that, then we are not going to be able, in the future, to have our public servants make decisions that are based on facts and evidence and not based on political views.” “
Critics have slammed the bill as overly broad, and they say it could have serious consequences. “
And if we are unable to do that, then we are not going to be able, in the future, to have our public servants make decisions that are based on facts and evidence and not based on political views.”
Critics have slammed the bill as overly broad, and they say it could have serious consequences.
“This legislation is nothing more than a new political crusade to discriminate against the very public servants that they say they are going to protect,” said Stephanie Gervais, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who specializes in civil rights law.
The legislation is “a big-time political gift to Donald Trump,” she said.
The Associated Statesman reached out to Knutsson’s office for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.