Should NH prohibit firing an employee because of politics?
Oct 19, 2017
The First Amendment protects free speech in public places, but private employers have a lot of power to limit what their employees can or cannot say at work. Political affiliation - such as Democrat or Republican - is also not a protected class in anti-discrimination laws at the state or federal level. That means employers can bar employees from discussing politics at work, and can sometimes even terminate employees for expressing political views. Read more about this issue.
"Should NH prohibit firing an employee because of his or her political views?"
Participation: 206 participants gave 336 responses.
A total of 82% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 18% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 206 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 336 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)
What Participants Said
No: A slight majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 53%, were against banning firing employees for their political views.
- “This is just going to give power to angry ex-employees to levy false accusations. This would be a complete disaster.”
- “No. Employers should be allowed to hire and fire who they want for whatever reason they want.”
- “No, because an employee making idiot statements can damage the company.”
Yes: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 47%, were in favor of prohibiting firing employees for their political views.
- “Nobody should be fired for their political views. That is absolutely ridiculous.”
- “Party affiliation and views should have nothing do with employment… as long as it doesn't interfere with their job performance.”
- “If someone does their job, they should be able to do and say whatever they want after work, short of bashing the job.”
Other: As noted above, 18% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. Most of this discussion revolved around New Hampshire’s at-will employment laws.
- “NH is an at-will state. Your employer can fire you at any time for no cause at all up here. Plus side, it encourages employers to move here and hire people. The at-will law makes it less of a risk for them.”
- “I lost my job because of your ‘at will’ state. Not everyone that's fired is wrong. All ‘at will’ means is the employer is in control. You have no rights.”
- “If you want security in your employment you should have a contract that outlines what kind of security you want.”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.