Talking politics at work – freedom of speech or an invitation to disaster

With the primaries in full swing and the Presidential election just eight months away, politics, or at least the discussion of politics, are going to enter your workplace, so be prepared.

As a general rule, if you are a private employer, you can probably restrict political discussion at work.

If you are a public entity, however, there are more hoops (Hoops Racket!) to jump through. A good place to start is a simple three-part test:

  1. Do the comments relate to a matter of public concern?
  2. What is the affect on the public and the operation of the employer?
  3. Were the comments made in the line of official duties?

For more, read Can an Employee be Disciplined for Engaging in Political Speech in the Workplace? by our partners at Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson, Endacott.


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