As the leader of a company, I find out that a couple of employees are publicly airing their comments against my political views, even though those political views are not creating a conflict of interest nor do they really affect how I do my job. Furthermore, those views do not contribute to any sort of discrimination within the workplace. As a result, though, their comments are impeding my ability to be an effective leader and my ability to publicly represent the company.
Ultimately, I have 2 options.
- I can fire the employees who made those public statements for insubordination, or at the very least I can force them to resign.
- I can resign and let new blood take over as the face of the company.
What should I do? Would I potentially face wrongful termination lawsuits (or discrimination lawsuits) if I did fire those employees?
EDIT: This really doesn't have anything to do with specific political view; this is strictly a question about how should a workplace function.