Can I be discriminated against for political beliefs?

  1. On facebook I have a habit of getting into discussions about the social aspects of politics. Im a conservative, I never use any racial epithets, never threaten violence and I use statistics to substantiate any claims I make. With that being said, conservative opinions are frowned upon today. With colleges and i'm assuming places of work being very liberal is there any way I could not be able to become a nurse because of me using my first amendment rights and expressing my beliefs?
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  3. by   Coffee Nurse
    Quote from joeygiglio
    I use statistics to substantiate any claims I make. With that being said, conservative opinions are frowned upon today.
    Care to substantiate that claim?
  4. by   quiltynurse56
    I am a conservative and a nurse. What's your question again.

    You may or may not feel like you are in the minority at either school or work. You know there is that Equal Employment Opportunity part of being an employer, they can not discriminate agains you based on your political views.
  5. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from joeygiglio
    On facebook I have a habit of getting into discussions about the social aspects of politics. Im a conservative, I never use any racial epithets, never threaten violence and I use statistics to substantiate any claims I make. With that being said, conservative opinions are frowned upon today. With colleges and i'm assuming places of work being very liberal is there any way I could not be able to become a nurse because of me using my first amendment rights and expressing my beliefs?
    Learn to shut up now ...or at least to voice your opinions and have your heated discussions anonymously. Your boss, patients and co-workers don't need to hear every thought that pops into your head. At the very least, it will cause discord with people you spend 12-hour blocks of time with.
  6. by   prnqday
    Don't be Facebook friends with coworkers.
  7. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    I'm very left-wing and I don't discuss politics at work because I feel as if it's not the place. I don't think most of my coworkers know my political opinions and that's fine with me because I don't know theirs, either. So they could be a bunch of Perot supporters for all I know!
  8. by   ponymom
    Of course you can become a nurse, what a silly and inciteful statement and your doing your political affiliation no favors by even suggesting it. If your even seriously thinking it, you've been spending way too much time on ridiculous social media. That goes for both "sides". Cuz ain't neither one of them worth a crap in the corner these days.

    I myself am more conservative but certainly not a radical right winger. I don't discuss much in the way of politics at work and I do also share some liberal ideas. Maybe I'm just an Independent. When I worked as a nurse, I had no time nor inclination to discuss politics, I was focused on trying to get my work done.

    A word to the wise, just stay off of Fakebook..
  9. by   helloego
    Supporters of Trump being called racist just because of their vote.
  10. by   Luckyyou
    Your first amendment right protects you from the government restricting your speech. It does not include your employer.
  11. by   umbdude
    Quote from joeygiglio
    Supporters of Trump being called racist just because of their vote.

    I don't know if you are racist, but if you are supporting Trump, you are supporting a racist/neo-nazi sympathizer.

    I've been called a "commie" and been told numerous times to "go back to your country" whenever I voiced support for things like universal health care. Couple guys I knew called me that years ago, and they are now fervent Trump supporters.
  12. by   hppygr8ful
    I was doing some research for a friend who was threatened with termination for voicing views with regard to a current political situation going on in the US right now. I was surprised to learn that First Amendment protections do not carry over into the privately owned work place or Private sector venues. Which means that an employer and possibly a private University could fire, suspend or expel someone for voicing their political views in the work place or on campus. That is why it is never advisable to talk about work or politics on a public social media page. Best to keep such things private and not friend co-workers to your pages. Also I just recently learned that if you have a private Facebook page and you share something publically it changes your privacy settings.

    Remember the work place is for work not politics!

    Freedom Of Speech In The Workplace: The First Amendment Revisited - FindLaw

    Hppy
  13. by   CelticGoddess
    Quote from joeygiglio
    Supporters of Trump being called racist just because of their vote.
    As opposed to being called nasty women, snowflakes, dirty, etc?
  14. by   PixieRN1
    As previous posters suggested, I would keep your opinions completely outside of your work arena.

    When I was hired, the private hospital system said that it did random audits of employee Facebook and Twitter accounts...their rationale for it was not political; they said they they have a problem with social media and HIPAA violations, and that is why they check it.

    That being said, I am very much left wing and about four years ago I made the decision to unfriend every single former or present coworker and to keep my FB highly neutral, and not just politically. I cut out any “emotional”’posts as well. I pretty much just post neutral family pics, and to be honest, I haven’t posted anything at all to my page in over a year. I follow other people but for me personally, I have all but eliminated posting from social media from my life. I deleted my Instagram account, I never did have Twitter. I went back and deleted every post on FB except the ones posted by my now-deceased best friend.

    I have even heard that if you have to be investigated by the Board, part of that investigation is reviewing your social media.

    I know that I have swung WAY into the over cautious mode, but for me, the desire for my opinions to be known was just not worth the risk of my work or coworkers rifling through my posts and being offended or painting anything less than a completely neutral image of me.

    I found that once I let FB mostly go, I personally had a lot more peace. Yes I occasionally post birthday photos and neutral vacation photos, but that’s it. My personal thought is that the pleasure I get out of being active on FB did not create enough benefit to warrant the risk of my workplace being involved in my personal life.

    I can’t tell anyone what to do with their social media practice, but that is mine and I am happy with my decision.

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