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Although this year’s Presidential Election is one filled with immense emotion, it is important that you keep the conversation as far from your work desk as possible. There have been instances in which individuals have been reprimanded and/or fired for discussing this year’s Presidential Election.
An Illinois woman came to work wearing a picture of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with the words “Dumb and Dumber” written underneath their faces. She offended her co-workers who support the President and VP Joe Biden, and was immediately sent to HR where she was given a verbal warning and asked to change her shirt.
Reputable business publication Inc Magazine, offered up some key things to remember before you decide to talk politics at your job:
Rule No. 1: There’s No Free Speech at Work
Part of the problem comes when employees assume that they have a right to free speech at work. They are wrong. The truth is that, outside the public sector, the First Amendment doesn’t really protect employees’ speech in the workplace, attorneys say. “Federal law is straightforward: If you’re a private-sector employer, there are not a lot of restrictions on what you can and can’t do” to restrict speech, Beck says. But telling employees just what not to say can be problematic as well.