Monday, April 13, 2009

Time To Lawyer Up

I need to know if it's legal for an employer to make employees sign a policy that restricts them from any sort of negative speech. I realize that they want to maintain a good image and all, but wouldn't doing a good job make better sense? Wouldn't doing things that make sense make better sense?

If anyone knows I'd love to hear about it before Wednesday morning so I know whether to sign it or quit.



steenky bee said...

Eek. Are they specific with what sort of negative speech? It seems they could probably ask you not to swear,but, no, you know what, I don't think they can do that. Isn't that sort of encrouching on Freedom of Speech? I can ask my HR guy at work tomorrow, but he'd only be familiar with Utah laws. I'm pretty sure you have to have some professional conduct paragraph in the employee handbook, but this sounds sort of bizarre.

The Mister said...

It's just in my department and I think just to quell dissatisfaction with the management. Ya know, the ones who will get to decide what an infraction is and then fire you over it.

Irish Gumbo said...

I've seen "No profanity" clauses in construction contracts before, but what you describe sounds a tad illegal.

Maybe lawyerin' up is the thing to do. Who decides what constitutes 'negative'? Know anyone in your local ACLU?

Good luck, and let me know the outcome.

mo.stoneskin said...

It does sound very odd. I mean, even a "no profanity" clause is a bit odd because of a) FoS and b) people have different backgrounds.

I wouldn't recommend signing it without asking for "negative speech" to be clarified and finding out why this is being brought in.

I'm assuming it is a "policy" not a "contract"? Because I certainly wouldn't sign such a contract - the last thing you need is to stub your toe, explete for a few nanoseconds and then be relieved!!

cIII said...


I don't know, Mister. I truly don't.

My mother used to tell me, "cIII. Keep your mouth shut and your ears Open."

To which I responded "f!@# that Noise, man."

I certainly wouldn't sign anything. But then again, I'm an Unemployed SAHD. Maybe that's why I was layed off.

On second thought....don't listen to a Word I say. Do the opposite in fact.

Good Luck and Power to the People.