One of my fellow coworkers is upset about a situation his wife is in at her work (I'll call her Jane). She works at a private university in a neighboring town.
The university participates in an annual charity thing with United Way and highly encourage 100% support from their employees. Jane already donates money to several charities that are near and dear to her, and would rather donate her money to those charities. She prefers to give her money to charities that are more local to her area and ones whose administrative fees are significantly less than United Ways. Last year she declined initially but after being called out by upper management and subject to a high pressure meeting, she relented and gave the minimum of $5, more so out of fear of the consequences if she did not.
This year, same story, she has declined to participate and now she has an afternoon meeting with upper management.
Does Jane have any legal rights in this situation? She is afraid if she doesn't donate she was eventually be fired or denied promotions/raises. Is the University breaking any work place laws by using these forceful and high pressure tactics? What should Jane say or do?
Ironically, many years ago when my husband still lived in Ohio and worked as a machinist he had the very same thing happen to him - when he refused to donate he was called in behind closed doors and subjected to the very same tactics. What is the deal - is there some major kickback a company gets from them if they have 100% participation?