Employee's anti-ObamaCare comments land her in hot water

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

A legal group is responding to the censorship of a California office worker's free speech that was critical of President Obama's federal healthcare law.

Attorneys for the Pacific Justice Institute are defending a longtime Santa Clara County employee after she was told last month that comments against ObamaCare were not welcome in the workplace.

Norina Mooney was told that her comments about cancelled insurance policies due to the Affordable Care Act had offended another co-worker. Mooney was called into a supervisor's office and told she could no longer make political or controversial comments in the workplace and should go outside if she wants to make such remarks in the future.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, tells OneNewsNow the reprimand came as a shock to Mooney, who has worked at the county for more than two decades.

"While other employees in the past have spoken about their liberal politics and their liberal perspectives and worn campaigns buttons for Obama, suddenly she is silenced simply because what she has to say and her opinion of ObamaCare is not politically correct," he says.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)According to PJI, the county office environment is "replete with pro-Obama paraphernalia" and employees have even worn Obama campaign attire to work.

"We ... are committed to ensuring that people who work for the government are not silenced simply because they do not agree with those who happen to be serving in the White House or the programs of those serving in the White House," he vows.

The Sacramento-based legal firm dispatched a letter to county officials in early November, warning them to stop censorship of Mooney's speech. PJI currently awaits a response.

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