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Should we limit political talk at work?

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Q. With the upcoming presidential election, our employees have spent more time talking politics and debating candidates and their positions. Do we have an obligation to limit or prevent such conversations in the workplace?

A. California employers may not forbid or prevent employees from participating in political activities (or from becoming candidates for public office).

The law also prohibits employers from coercing or influencing workers “through or by means of threat of discharge or loss of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any particular course or line of political action or political activity.”

Under this statute, an employer is responsible for the acts of its managers, officers, agents and employees.

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