Problems with dating coworkers
However, what’s their rationale for telling you that you can’t go out to dinner with coworkers?
Depending on the answer to that, there’s a good chance that’s illegal.
You are right to be concerned about this directive violating the NLRA, which applies to all private sector employers except very small ones.and even if you weren’t talking about work at all at these dinners, a prohibition on them would likely be considered to have a chilling effect on your rights under the NLRA.Bryan Cavanaugh, an employment lawyer in Missouri, was kind enough to weigh in on this question and says: Some states, including New York and California, have laws that explicitly protect an employee’s lawful activities off the clock and off the employer’s premises.You can’t say no to attending team dinners if your employer requires them.(Well, you could say no, but they could fire you for refusing.) However, they do need to pay you for this time if you’re non-exempt.