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  •  not doubting - but curious (1+ / 0-)
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    mattman

    what kind of job can forbid you from doing politics on your time away from work as a private citizen?  Is it a government position?  (And isn't registering voters non partisan?

    And the topic os SS seems that it would be ripe for a 527 to take up.

    McCain = "A whine, a swear word, and P.O.W."

    by ETinKC on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 12:39:24 PM PDT

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    •  It's a Government Job.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....connected to the legislature of the state I live in. A coworker was fired four years ago for attending a Bush rally.  They take it seriously, and I have no interest in tempting termination.

      •  As a life-long executive public servant, (0+ / 0-)

        I can say with certainty that no non-appointed government employee was ever forbidden to express his/her political activities so long as the employee was doing so on his/her time. Did your co-worker take a couple of hours of vacation when attending the rally? If yes, that would be cause for some disciplinary action, usually mild unless the employee has a history of work violations. It would not mean dismissal.

        Was the rally held during non-work hours? If so, the employee would not be fired!

        As a matter of fact, it's illegal to restrict personal political activity conducted on non-work time.

        It is definitely inappropriate and cause for discipline if done on work time. However, the first action would not be dismissal. It would likely be a letter of reprimand, or, for a good employee with no negative history, the employee would be "counseled," that would be noted in the employee's record (not as bad as a letter of reprimand).

        So, kindly link to the statute or administrative code of your work environment that says that someone cannot participate in personal political activity and that violating such a work rule would result in dismissal. If it's a government position, the cause for dismissal would be codified and clearly spelled out. Otherwise, your co-worker has a very easy lawsuit to win.

        Proof please.

        You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

        by bleeding heart on Mon Sep 15, 2008 at 01:01:06 PM PDT

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        •  I'm Not Sure of the Specifics.... (0+ / 0-)

          ...because it happened a year before I started.  It strikes me that you're correct that if contested, he could have salvaged his job.  I'm not inclined to take the risk after the precedent, however.

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