There is a huge push to vote this election season with many voicing their beliefs whether pro or against the current administration. Some of these people can be rather boisterous. What if this continues into the workplace? Can an employee be discriminated against for their political views?
The California Labor Code § 1101 prohibits employers from having “any rule, regulation, or policy” (1) forbidding or preventing employees from engaging or participating in politics or running for office; or (2) “controlling or directing, or tending to control or direct the political activities or affiliations of employees.” Employers are prohibited from taking action against employees for their political activities as long as those activities do not directly affect their job performance or that of their co-workers.