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Prevent employees being dismissed for lawful communications made outside work

Submitted by Joseph Chiffers on Friday 3rd April 2020

Published on Friday 3rd July 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 3rd January 2021

Signatures: 22

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Prevent employees being dismissed for lawful communications made outside work

Petition Details

I would like the Government to pass legislation preventing employers from dismissing employees, for any lawful communications made outside of their employment, which have no direct bearing on their employment.

Additional Information

It is becoming common place for employees to be dismissed from their employment because they are lawfully expressing views that their employee disapproves of or that their employer fears the wider public may disapprove of.

This can stifle free speech, as employees may feel inhibited from expressing their opinions and from sharing information and ideas.

The protection for the free speech of employees currently offered by the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Equality Act 2010, is inadequate. The former requires two years’ service and the latter does not protect specific opinions.


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