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  •  zenb - fortunately voting is by secret ballot (2+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster, CuriousBoston

    I don't think this employer has broken any laws based on what is in the diary, unless it's a state law that I am unaware of.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 12:04:10 PM PDT

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    •  It's still intimidation--the owner is implying (2+ / 0-)
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      cosette, True North

      negative consequences if a desired action is not performed.

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 12:07:51 PM PDT

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      •  zenb - but the employer will never know if the (2+ / 0-)
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        johnny wurster, CuriousBoston

        desired action is performed or not. And the owner could certainly take punitive actions against the employees should President Obama win a second term. Taking such action would only be illegal if it violated a civil rights law such as taking actions on the basis or race, gender, religion or age.  Only a handful of states protect political activity (and Michigan may be one) and in the other states the employer could terminate everyone with an Obama sticker on their car. It's outrageous, but not illegal.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 12:24:23 PM PDT

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        •  Pressure to not publicly show support (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          Americans have the right to do a lot of things outside work that will reveal their political leanings.

          Donations to a campaign of more than $200 means your name will come up in the FEC or Open Secrets donor search site.

          Indeed, an employer can just put the relevant information into the "employer" or "industry" or "city" searches to get a useful list of employees he'll consider bad apples.

          Buttons, bumper stickers, lawn signs, attendance at political rallies, and much more will reveal someone's political preference.

          The employer wants employees to vote as he instructs them, but he won't know whether that happens or not. (Indeed, if I were, say, a Ron Paul fan who won't have a chance to vote for my guy anyway, I might just vote for Obama out of spite for what the boss is doing here.)

          But this letter will cause a lot of people to refrain from donating, volunteering, or even wearing a button.

          •  TN - very good points (0+ / 0-)

            it will inhibit outward displays of a preference for the President. As I noted in all but a few states an employer could terminate everyone who contributed enough to the Obama campaign to show up on a data base, or had an Obama sticker on their car.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 05:59:21 PM PDT

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            •  Easy to make stuff up, too (0+ / 0-)

              An employer who wants to punish somebody for being involved politically with the "wrong" candidate can retaliate after the election. Not right after the election, and not for politics, but maybe in a couple months, with some excuse or the other.

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