California employers frequently enact policies that limit or suppress their employees’ right to speak freely about their work experience. As the country’s largest law firm exclusively focused on helping employees, we advise people from all walks of life on these speech restriction policies. And when employers seek to enforce unlawful policies or engage in retaliation, we aggressively defend our clients’ rights.
In California, employee speech suppression can take several forms, including an employer’s broad labeling of internal information as confidential, prohibitions on discussing wages and working conditions, and retaliation or punishment over the “leaking” of information that a company wrongly considers private.
California law specifically protects the rights of employees to:
Speech Suppression in Noncompete Agreements
California law also protects your right to freely move from one employer to the next, discuss the work you performed, talk about your former employer’s workplace conditions, and reveal certain business tactics, strategies, and relationships that your employer may illegally regard as trade secrets. These protections cover you no matter where your employer is based, where your noncompete agreement was executed, and whether you work remotely or not.