In today’s political climate, talking about politics at work is often a tricky endeavor. Jokingly, many etiquette books will tell readers to avoid the five B’s: booze, boys, Bible, bill, and Biden. In other words, avoid discussing substances, romantic relationships, religion, finances, or politics while in polite company, as these can all be polarizing subjects. Unfortunately, some coworkers may have a difficult time remaining silent on these issues. For those who choose to participate in these types of conversations while at work, keep the following guidelines, according to a top employment lawyer, in mind:
Conflict is just a fact of life. Even when we were toddlers, it seems we had issues and were verbal about what we didn’t like. We argued with our siblings about our possessions and our “standing in the family”… even though being the oldest didn’t always trump other factors. Things didn’t change once we got to school either – there was always something to whine about it seems. No two people are alike and we are not cut from the same cloth so there is always bound to be disagreement among our peers.
In the workplace, disagreement and dissension among the ranks is also common. Sure, there is the differences of opinion over college sport teams and that rivalry is acceptable. Even the occasional political bickering over one’s favorite candidate or values, as long as it does not get out of hand, may be the topic bandied about the water cooler.
In certain situations where you are the employee and the boss is the big honcho he or she might find it funny to belittle you. Frankly, I dislike people like this. People that think just because they are the “boss” that they can treat employees however they want because they can. But, there is a line between someone being a bully – a jerk just for the sake of being a jerk, and someone physically hurting you or discriminating against you because of your weight, skin color, orientation or you origin. If your boss is a bully, you’ll probably know he’s a bully by the way it makes you feel and or look in front of others. For example, let’s say you have a boss and he kicked you, like he physically kicked you with his foot. Is this against the law? If anything physical ever happens at the office, here are things you will want to know when it concerns the law or contacting an employment lawyer in NJ.