Can I Talk to Other Employees About Work Problems?

Yes.  It’s Your Right.  Federal law allows both union and non-union private sector employees to seek mutual aid and support from each other.  Specifically, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) permits employees to discuss their wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.  If you engage in this protected activity, a covered employer is prohibited from taking an adverse action against you for doing so.  Adverse actions include employer conduct such as terminations, demotions, and disciplinary actions.

But There are Exceptions.  The NLRA does not apply to public sector employees, agricultural and domestic workers, independent contractors, workers employed by a parent or spouse, and employees of air and rail carriers covered by the Railway Labor Act.  A supervisor may be covered if discriminated against for refusing to violate the NLRA.  If you’d like to know more, check out the NLRA.

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