No Politics

Inside the Law: No Talking Politics

October 12, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Can an office stop coworkers from talking about politics? 

Oh politics. Am I right? 

If there’s one thing we can all agree on when it comes to politics it’s that anyone who doesn’t share our views is an idiot. Well. Most are idiots. The others are smart enough to keep their views to themselves. 

But what about those who don’t? Can an office fire someone for spouting his views? 

Yes. While the government can’t abridge someone’s right to free speech, that doesn’t mean that a private employer can’t fire a worker for spewing political beliefs at the office, particularly if he is disruptive or if his discussion is provoking others.  

If you work in an office with a political fog horn — someone whose opinions are noisy but unenlightening — or even just with someone who wants to engage in political discussions that you don’t care to have in the office, first try changing the subject. If that doesn’t work, let the person know that talking politics makes you uncomfortable. If that doesn’t work, vote with your feet by walking down the hall to HR to file a complaint.