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Bill to prevent employers from firing workers for their political views

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Brandi Smith, KHOU-TV:

A bill proposed in the Texas Legislature on Friday would prevent employers from firing off-the-clock employees who express their political views.

“I see this as an extension of the protection class for religion, the protection class for creed, the protection class for race. It’s going to cut both ways,” said Rep. James White, the Woodville-area Republican who submitted HB 2787.

White said several employers approached him with the idea for the bill after they felt public pressure to fire employees based on those employees’ political views.

“We need to get back into a situation where we conduct civil discourse with the person we disagree with instead of these flashpoints of protests against the employer and every other organization the person you disagree with belongs to,” White said.

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