Let’s talk politics. Or not. Regardless of the outcome, the 2016 Presidential Election is set to go down in history. You have probably learned about (or are inundated with!) the political positions of many of your friends through social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.
But what about politics in the workplace?
In 2012, Reporter Andy Meek wrote an insightful article for the Memphis Daily News about the need for employers to carefully monitor the discussion of politics in the workplace. It’s worth pointing out again during this election cycle. Attorney Lang Wiseman was interviewed for the article, which stated in part:
Lang Wiseman, a partner at Wiseman Bray PLLC, said there’s an even bigger worry than that.
“Politics can be a passionate topic that can lead to heated – if not disruptive – incidents and feelings,” he said. “In fact, political discussion can at times even become infused with notions of religion, race and sex that can create actual legal risks for the employers. That’s not to say that every perceived slight or discomfort in the workplace gives rise to a legal cause of action, but just to note that there is a careful balancing act that employers have to stay on top of.”
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