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While I can certainly appreciate why those requirements would feel unreasonable to you, unfortunately nothing that you list is an outright violation of a labor or employment law. For people who work in securities, there are often incredibly intrusive rules such as the ones you are experiencing, to make sure that insider trader or related criminal violations are not occurring. Unfortunately, there is generally no labor law protection from these types of requirements. So, although certainly invasive, such rules put in place by an employer in the field of securities is not an obvious violation of any labor or employment laws.
While of course an employer cannot actually compel someone that is not employed by them to provide information or follow rules, in the absence of an employment contract that says otherwise, refusal to do so could result in termination of the employment.
I wish that I had better news for you but, based on the information provided, I cannot see any particular labor or employment law that is violated by this practice. Now, having said that, it is always a good idea to sit down in person with an employment law attorney licensed in New York to review the details of the policy and make sure that nothing unlawful is happening. Although based on the information you have provided it does not appear that any labor laws would be implicated, the most prudent course, before deciding whether to let a legal matter go, is to consult in person with an attorney licensed in your state.
Should you choose to do this, the New York State Bar Association has a referral service that you may use at:
or by phone at:
So, in summary, unfortunately no, based on the information provided, there does not appear to be any labor law violation as a result of the rules that the employer has in place. However, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney in person prior to making any final decisions about whether or not to pursue legal action.
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Thanks-helpful even if not what I hoped for.
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