What to do if my company has issued a parking permit sticker to put on the window of my car to show that I’m an employee but I don’t want to put it on my car?

Nearby companies cars parking in our lot is not even a problem. I own a brand new car which I go to car shows every week and take pride in how clean my car looks. Can they force this upon me by terminating me? I feel it is defacing my personal property. Also, they have all licence plates on file, which I feel that’s all they need.

Asked on August 14, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, what you "feel" they need is irrelevant. Your employer may set any terms and conditions it likes for work, and give any instructions it wishes to employees, so long as they are not inherently illegal. There is nothing illegal about a parking permit sticker, so they can require you to put the sticker on your car. If you refuse, not only could they terminate you, they could technically terminate you "for cause" (that is, for disobeying your employer's instructions), which could make you ineligible for unemployment insurance.


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