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What is the accurate statement about the director's right to dismiss the attorney who posted the no-smoking notice in the employee cafeteria?

Answer

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The attorney has both a liberty interest and a property interest that entitles her to a pre-termination evidentiary hearing. As a public employee, the attorney has a property interest that precludes her from being fired without notice and an opportunity to respond. Also, the attorney has a liberty interest under the First Amendment to exercise her right to free speech.