Can I prevent my colleague from talking about politics?

We’re back in the office and a colleague in the same general workspace is talking loudly on the phone about his political views. I find that offensive. Is there anything I can do ?

Is it the fact that he talks about politics that offends you, or is it his particular opinions? Politics should not be openly discussed in a work environment. The nation is like a giant arena fight club about politics, but at least you can choose to switch channels or not visit these platforms – at work, you’re captive. This is up to your boss to take care of, not you directly. Tell your boss that even though your co-worker doesn’t discuss politics directly with anyone at work, he doesn’t keep his private conversations private and that needs to stop.

Although I miss your old photo, I look forward to your column. Recently, you wrote about interview questions, saying personal questions are misguided but not “illegal.” I understand that in New York it is actually illegal to ask for someone’s salary. How can that be constitutional? And how can an employer know if someone is in their pay range if they don’t ask?

Do you mean the photo that made me look “old” or the previous photo that I assume you find more flattering than the current photo? Not that I’m vain, or that it’s about me or anything. You are right, my flattering friend. Some questions are inappropriate but not illegal and some questions are a violation. In New York, a law prohibiting salary history prohibits all employers from asking prospective or current employees about their salary history and compensation. It also prohibits companies from seeking similar information from other sources. And with the new Pay Transparency Act that has just come into effect, employers must post pay scales. The assumption is that applicants won’t apply if compensation isn’t within their range, but that’s not the main purpose of the law. It was designed to close the pay gap between men and women. So you can’t ask, but you have to tell, and you can ask if this range meets their expectations. Now, about my photo…

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources manager. Listen to Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: Follow: and on Twitter: @GregGiangrand

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