Bronx, NY asked in Business Law, Employment Law and Internet Law for New York

Q: my job (a retail company) is requiring us to write online reviews on the products sold on the site. Is this illegal?

Can I refuse? We are still employed - my job has 50 and or less employees

2 Lawyer Answers
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
Answered
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Is it illegal? No. Is it sketchy? Yes. Can you be fired for not doing it? Maybe. It would be hard to prove improper conduct by the employer.

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
PREMIUM
Answered
  • Tarrytown, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: If you are familiar with or use the products you can. If your employer buys products for you to try out you can if you rate them accordingly. If you have no idea regarding the quality or durability of products why would you do that? If you rate a crappy product highly a competing employer who read your fake rating would think you were either deficient or dishonest and you may lose future potential jobs for posting fake reviews. Read your employee handbook which probably prohibits doing that.

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