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Gardere Labor and Employment Co-Chair Rachel Steely Provides Insights on Political Expression in the Workplace

Can employers discipline their employees for political speech?
09 November 2017

After an incident following the termination of an employee who gave a rude hand gesture to President Trump’s motorcade, employers are wondering what kinds of political speech are grounds for discipline. Gardere partner Rachel Powitzky Steely explored this issue with Bloomberg Law in the article, “Caution Advised in Disciplining Workers for Political Expression.”

The publication reports: “In an at-will employment state such as Virginia, an employer is within its rights to fire an employee for conduct such as the recent gesturing incident, Rachel Powitzky Steely, a partner in the Houston office of the law firm Gardere and co-chair of its labor and employment practice, told Bloomberg Law Nov. 8. However, she added that she would ask whether the contractor was following its own policy.”

The entire article is available here.