Spinning and the political cycle

We have warned employers many times about the risks of bringing politics to work. Last week, Lindsay Buckley, a 29-year-old white cycling instructor at SolarCycle in Manhattan Beach, sued her employer in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming she was fired and subjected to a "campaign of harassment and discriminatory and retaliatory factors" because she was erroneously perceived as a Donald Trump supporter. Buckley and her lawyer said that she filed suit because "reverse discrimination is still discrimination" and is a form of "racial stereotyping that we have fought for more than 50 years to eradicate." In addition to potential claims under the antidiscrimination statutes, employees are protected under Labor Code Section 1102 from any adverse job action based on their political activity or beliefs.

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