(Recorded Webinar) Navigating the Landmines of Free Speech and Political Disclosure in the Workplace

Duration: 60 minutes
Recorded on: 11/14/2023

In recent years, employers have increasingly grappled with issues arising from “free speech” as employees are seemingly willing to openly – and, on occasion, passionately – debate topics that were once considered “taboo” in the workplace. Whether around the proverbial office water cooler, in a Zoom meeting, or social media, employees are commonly engaging their co-workers on traditionally personal issues such as political viewpoints, women’s rights, religious expression, and diversity.

Needless to say, this dialogue has had an adverse impact on the workplace as intense disagreements, inflammatory dialogue, and heightened tensions have opened the doors to potential claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. In a recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management, nearly 50 percent of respondents reported that they have experienced political disagreements in the workplace; and, 26 percent said they have personally experienced differential treatment because of their political views or affiliation. This is a disturbing set of affairs that raises numerous questions for employers, such as:

  • Does the First Amendment guarantee of “freedom of speech” apply to the workplace?
  • What policies can I implement to limit or prohibit certain types of speech in the workplace?
  • Can I discipline an employee for comments made on social media?
  • Could my organization be subject to legal liability if it fails to adopt policies restricting speech in the workplace?

In this webinar, we will answer these questions and discuss the best practices that you can implement to mitigate potential legal exposure arising from speech in the workplace.

Target Audience

  • Human Resources Managers and Staff
  • “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs
  • Directors and Supervisors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • In-House Legal Counsel

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legal parameters of “free speech” in the workplace
  • Identify key red flags that may place your organization in hot water
  • Adopt policies to mitigate potential liabilities
  • Recognize the best practices to proactively navigate issues arising from speech in the workplace
Course summary
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Phillip Escoriaza

Phillip Escoriaza is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Care practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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