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Cocktail-Bar (Kleines Phi) in Hamburg 2

A few weeks ago, a reader emailed me and asked if I would weigh in on how businesses should address employees talking about politics at work.

On the one hand, in the private sector, there are no First Amendment Rights. Free speech is a big myth. ( I suppose that the National Labor Relations Act could muddy the waters a bit; but, for this post, let’s pretend it doesn’t). And there’s practically nothing that would prevent a private employer from clamping down on employee discussions about politics at work.

On the other hand, an employer could violate bar rules and condone political speech. However, that could lead to problems for the employer, as in bad press or a lawsuit.

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Octopus 🐙 appetizer for the kid? Yes, please 😘// #epcot🌐 #epcotcenter #epcot #disneyworld

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Remember Hank the Septopus from Disney’s Finding Dory? I found his missing tentacle. And, my son ate it!

Let’s hear it for the boy!

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If national origin motivates an employment decision, that’s disparate treatment. Title VII forbids disparate treatment.

So, what if…

  • nepotism motivates an employment decision, which
  • involves favoring one nationality over another, then
  • does national origin motivate the employment decision?

Or, put another way: could nepotism violate Title VII?

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US-EEOC-Seal

Last week, I highlighted an often overlooked EEOC enforcement effort: protecting vulnerable workers. Shortly after my post, the EEOC continued its efforts to support vulnerable workers by issuing this statement to address workplace discrimination against individuals who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern.

Good on ya, EEOC.

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About a year ago, I blogged here about a dreadful Sixth Circuit opinion, in which the court concluded that the plaintiff may have a discrimination claim for receiving the specific transfer he requested (after having interviewed for the position).

Now, if you read the comments on my post, you’ll see that some of my readers took issue with my analysis of the case.

Well, I see your comments and raise you a scathing Justice Alito dissent from the United States Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari: