This year voters go to the polls to elect governors in Virginia and New Jersey, mayors in New York City, Boston, Detroit and other municipalities, and decide on a host of ballot issues across the country. With all of the excitement of Election Day, employees are sure to be engaging in political discussions in the workplace. Although politeness dictates that like money and religion, politics is seldom a good candidate for casual conversation; a politically contentious work atmosphere can put employers at risk for claims of political affiliation discrimination or First Amendment violations.

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