Can your boss tell you who to vote for?

by Evil HR Lady on November 5, 2012

“Tomorrow is election day. If you vote for [Candidate A], the business will suffer. Therefore, everyone should make sure to vote for [Candidate B].”

Would such communications be legal or illegal if coming from your boss? In the run-up to tomorrow’s presidential election, there have been reports of companies dictating to employees how they should vote.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth West November 8, 2012 at 1:34 am

Who does that? I’ve never had a boss tell me who to vote for.


Evil HR Lady November 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I’ve worked for a company that spent millions in lobbying. While they never asked you to vote for any particular candidate, if you were above a certain level you were “strongly encouraged” to donate to their PAC. Which supported candidates that they felt were best for the company.

Same thing, really. But, far more classy.


Another Evil HR Director November 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

If you work for a lobbying firm, I’m guessing you know up front what issues for which they lobby, and therefore, probably what candidate they support. I would think if one did not agree with those issues or support those candidates (or that party), one wouldn’t choose to work there. I guess I don’t really see this situation as one where an employer is pushing its political opinions on its employees.


Evil HR Lady November 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

It wasn’t a lobbying firm, it was a company that paid for lobbying. Lots and lots of companies have paid lobbyists or are members of coalitions that fund lobbyists.


TSD November 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I’m hearing of more and more of this. I know several people during this election cycle and the last who said they were told at a staff meeting to vote for a certain party.


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