Employee Protection During Protests
Companies that are bracing for protests in their vicinity should discuss best practices with employees to keep them safe.
• Carry a cell phone.
• Consider carpooling for moral support and to reduce the number of cars that must enter the site.
• When leaving home for work, prepare yourself mentally for being stopped or jeered by protesters.
• Try to approach the site in such a way that you will enter by making a right turn and will not have to block traffic. Watch for directions from security officers.
• Keep vehicle doors locked and windows up. Drive very slowly as you approach protesters. Be prepared to stop quickly if one steps in front of you.
• Do not shout taunts or profanities at protesters, no matter what they say or do to you.
• If they block you, stay as long as it is safe—longer delays are more actionable in court. If you have to leave, do not go home but proceed to a place where you can safely phone the company’s security team. Tell them what happened and ask for transportation assistance.
• If your vehicle is damaged while entering the site, report it to a security officer as soon as you are safely inside.
• If your vehicle is damaged while leaving, drive to a safe place and report the incident to security right away.