Court: judge can bar bigoted speech

August 03, 1999
A judge's order prohibiting an Avis supervisor from using ethnic slurs has been upheld by the California Supreme Court, despite a scorching dissent.
    ``A government that tells its citizens what they may say will soon be dictating what they may think,'' said Justice Janice Rogers Brown, one of the dissenters in Monday's 4-3 ruling.
    But the majority said free expression isn't violated by an injunction against bigoted speech that has already been found, by a jury, to be so extreme and pervasive that it causes a hostile and discriminatory work environment.