Fairfax, VA employment attorney John C. Cook explains how you are legally protected for your political views in the workplace.
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Political views are a difficult area. If you’re in the District of Columbia, for example, there is protection for holding particular political views. That protection is not the same in Virginia, but in Virginia if the employer tells you to vote a certain way in an election for example, and then takes action against you for not doing that, that’s what we call a Bowman Claim, and that is illegal. The employer does have the right to tell employees not to discuss politics in the office. So it’s a bit of a gray area, and if you’re uncertain you should talk to a lawyer about what rights you do have.