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I live in New York and work well known NYC hedge fund.

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I live in New York and work for a well known NYC hedge fund. I am considering running for political office while maintaining my employment at the hedge fund. My employer has stated reservations about me running for office, but I'd like to know if I could be fired for running if I campaign on my own time and don't use the firm's resources. I have a meeting with the firm's compliance team next week and I'd like to have a legal argument prepared in the event they make an ultimatum.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Asad Rahman replied 8 months ago.
Unfortunately they can ask you not to run and can fire if you choose to ignore their request unless you have an employment agreement.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.

What about NY Labor law 201-D, which states, "No employer may discriminate against an employee or prospective employee because of an individual's legal political activities including running for political office..."?

Expert:  N Cal Attorney replied 8 months ago.
New Expert here. Has the employer explained why it thinks that you running for office would adversely affect the employer?