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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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