How to handle Water Cooler chat that turns Political

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with Western Mass Women about employees engaging in political discussion at work. First, to the extent possible (and to the extent the policy is consistently applied), employers should consider advising employees to refrain from engaging in excessive political discussions during the time they are supposed to be working. Second, it is also important that employers tell employees to be sensitive to the fact that political discussions can often become emotional and highly charged, and that in no event should a discussion about politics rise to a level that otherwise violates the company’s other workplace rules (such as anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies).

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Michael C. Schmidt

Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Department

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