First Amendment Rights
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, provisions of the Arizona Constitution, and the complex law growing out of those constitutional protections have guaranteed Arizona citizens important free speech rights, religious freedom rights, and rights to assemble and petition their government officials. At Baskin Richards, our attorneys are prepared to take on matters involving protection of these critical rights. Some of the many types of First Amendment questions that may arise for you or your business or group include:
- Can an employer fire an employee for exercising rights to free speech, such as political speech at work, religious proselytizing at work, or offensive language used against other employees?
- Can a web site censor comments from public users?
- Are Arizona commercial signage, billboards and advertisements protected by the constitutional free speech rights?
- Can police officials keep my protest group from assembling, and, if so, in what ways?
- Do protections of First Amendment rights differ between private and public schools in Arizona; and what about Arizona’s charter schools – how are free speech or religious freedom rights protected in those schools?
- Can private businesses control or prohibit the use of the facilities they make available to the public for posting of signs, assembly of members of a group, or distribution of materials or messages?
- What public locations or services can a group or individual use in Phoenix or Scottsdale to promote political or religious messages?
- How can a public body or board restrict an individual’s right to speak at their meetings?
These are just a few examples of the many, many issues impacting First Amendment rights that can come up for you, your business or your group.