Court Finds Rule Against Fraternizing Goes Too Far

Law360, New York (February 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A U.S. appeals court has ruled that employers are allowed to ban their employees from fraternizing if it’s for fun, but not if they are engaging in discussions about work conditions.

A panel of three judges decided Friday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that an anti-fraternization policy set by the security services company Guardsmark LLC overstepped a federal labor law that permits employees to organize and engage in other concerted activities.

The dispute centered around the definition of “fraternize,”...
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