Originally Posted by eleeski
@oldgoat Anti discrimination laws are well established and powerful. I'm not a cop or a lawyer so I can't quote code but as a landlord and employer I must be very careful not to discriminate on any grounds - especially not politically. On the other hand, I certainly can't tell my employees or tenants what to think or what to say on their own time.
According to my legal experts (Wikipedia) political affiliation is not a protected class under Federal or California. (it is in DC, NY and Puerto Rico). Discrimination is not illegal per se--only discrimination based on certain factors--race for example. Unless someone is a member of a protected class and is discriminated against on that basis employers and businesses may discriminate. A business can't refuse to serve people of a certain race, but it can refuse to serve someone wearing a KKK T shirt. At least that's my understanding. Any civil rights or employment attorneys out there?
It is against the law to intimidate voters. But there's no election--yet. Is it illegal to intimidate proponents of a political view that has the potential to lead to an election, or to intimidate partcipate in a debate on a public, political issue? That's what I'm hoping someone can explain--someone who actually knows the law.
And of course all this is theoretical, since as you rightly point out, KSL itself has not made a threat--only some employees who may or may not actually be communicating KSL policy.
I fail to see how this issue is irrelevant to the discussion--it seems highly relevant to me, although I would agree there's not much more to say about it until KSL clarifies the issue if they choose to do so, or until someone hears more threats.