Politics and the Workplace: Disciplining Employees in the Age of Free Speech | Sessions

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Politics and the Workplace: Disciplining Employees in the Age of Free Speech
In-Person and Virtual Monday 06/12/2023 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical) | Intended Audience: Emerging Professional, Mid-Level, Senior-Level
Workplace Application:
What is free speech to one is a violation of policy to another; learn how to maintain order in the workplace when conversations turn into arguments. 

The workplace has evolved from a place with rigid codes of conduct and button-down policies to what sometimes seems like a boxing ring free-for-all. And disciplining employees who then claim protected political speech can quickly get ugly. Learn which states have laws that protect political affiliation and other categories that may clash with an employer's workplace respectfulness policies and expected conduct, and what an employer can do regarding disciplinary action.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of which states protect political affiliation or certain categories of speech.
  • Understand when discipline is appropriate and the right of an employer to maintain a respectful workplace.
  • Get practical tips on how to enforce codes of conduct or handbook policies regarding disruption of the workplace.

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Kelly Dobbs Bunting, Shareholder,
Greenberg Traurig, LLP