Myrtle Beach, SC asked in Employment Law for South Carolina

Q: Employer Limiting Freedom of Speech

I just left a team meeting where my Director told us that we would get corrective action/fired if we engaged in personal conversations (on personal cell phone) with our co-workers complaining/venting about them ( Director & Manager) or about the company? Also, insinuated that younger people are unprofessional. Is this a violation? Can we take action? I'm in SC but co-workers are remote and throughout USA

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1 Lawyer Answer
Jeremy R. Summerlin
Jeremy R. Summerlin
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: Interfering with an employee’s right to discuss the terms and conditions of the workplace with coworkers likely violates the National Labor Relations Act and could be reported to the National Labor Relations Board through a filed complaint. And if an employee is fired for engaging in protected conversations with coworkers, that could also violate the NLRA. You can speak with an employment lawyer in your home state to discuss in more detail.

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