If I’m employed by a Fraternal Order, can they force me to join?

My membership was not a condition of my employment but they now want me to join and pay dues if I am in their lounge or attend more than 3 functions in a calendar year.

Asked on August 4, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, unfortunately, your employer can make you join. Employers have near total free discretion as to the requirements and conditions for employment, and can set--and change--them at will. It is completely legal for a fraternal order to require that employees be members.

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