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Prohibition Against Employee Discipline

Concerning a prohibition against disciplining an employee for refusing to participate in employer speech.
2024 Regular Session
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to attend meetings, listen to speech, or view communications concerning religious or political matters.

The bill also prohibits an employer from threatening an employee, subjecting an employee to discipline, or discharging an employee on account of the employee's refusal to attend or participate in an employer-sponsored meeting where the employer communicates religious or political matters or opinions.

Certain employer communications are exempt from the prohibition, including communications required by law or that are necessary for an employee to perform the employee's job duties.

The bill creates a private right of action in district court for aggrieved persons who prevail in court seeking payment of front pay, lost wages and compensation, costs, and attorney fees.

Each employer is required to post a notice of the employee rights outlined in the bill at the employer's workplace.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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