Dan Ballintine Interviewed by KARE 11 Regarding a Private Employer’s Ability to Fire an Employee on the Basis of Speech


Dan Ballintine was featured in an interview by Jana Shortal, of Kare 11 News in the Aug. 17 report, "Can you get fired for going to a Neo-Nazi rally?" During the news report, he explains, why a private employer would be legally justified in firing employees on the basis of speech. 

“The First Amendment does not apply to private employers,” Dan said. “So it’s not illegal per se for a private employer to fire somebody for … an opinion they have expressed off the job.”

Shortal made the report to provide context for the recent firing of two former Uptown Diner employees who shared photos of themselves dressed in World-War-II-era Nazi uniforms on social media.

Dan is an employment, labor and benefits attorney who has more than 20 years of experience collaborating with businesses to develop and deliver successful litigation strategies involving employment claims. His practice covers virtually every type of employment-related case, including non-compete, discrimination, sexual harassment, overtime, medical leave, trade secret and other claims in state and federal court. Dan also has a niche specialty handling cases that involve temporary restraining orders. He works hand-in-hand with human resource professionals and provides counsel in every aspect of the employment relationship. He acts as general counsel for clients across a broad range of industries and represents all types of businesses including senior care conglomerates, manufacturing companies, retail establishments and service firms.