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A lawful concerted attempt by a group of people to express displeasure with, or obtain concessions from, a particular person or company by refusing to do business with them. An unlawful attempt that is prohibited by the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.), to adversely affect a company through threat, coercion, or intimidation of its employees, or to prevent others from doing business with said company. A practice utilized in labor disputes whereby an organized group of employees bands together and refrains from dealing with an employer, the legality of which is determined by applicable provisions of statutes governing labor-management relations.

A classic example of this is a consumer boycott whereby a group of customers refuses to purchase a particular product in order to indicate their dissatisfaction with excessive prices or the offensive actions of a particular manufacturer or producer.


Labor Law.


n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a store to damage the producer or merchant monetarily, to influence its policy, and/or to attract attention to a social cause. Labor unions and their sympathizers have boycotted lettuce and grapes not picked by union farm workers, and civil rights activists have boycotted stores and restaurants that had "white only" hiring policies. The term is named for Captain Charles C. Boycott, a notorious land agent, whose neighbors ostracized him during Ireland's Land League rent wars in the 1880's. Boycotts are not illegal in themselves, unless there are threats or violence involved. A "secondary" boycott, which boycotts those who do business with the primary target of the boycotters, is an unfair labor practice under Federal and state laws. (See: secondary boycott)


noun abstention from buying, abstention from using, avoidance, ban, banning, black-listing, debarring, embargo, exclusion, ostracism, refusal to do business, rejection, shunning, strike, withholding of patronage
Associated concepts: primary boycott, secondary boycott
See also: ban, condemn, disapprove, eschew, exclude, exclusion, ignore, picket, proscription, reject, shun, strike
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21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AJC denounced the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for supporting a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
The growing dimensions of the various boycotts could no longer be ignored.
Taxpayers file Form 5713, International Boycott Report, with their Federal income tax returns to report operations in countries known to participate in boycotts not condoned by the United States.
Reformist supporters vocally called for a boycott of the Majlis elections this spring.
Perhaps Denise would agree that we should all boycott St Paul's until entry is free?
Approved with a 47-38 vote, the new law allows settlers or settlement-based businesses to sue Israelis who promote boycotts of settlements.
ASTANA, Jun 30, 2011 (TUR) -- The head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said on Thursday that boycotting was not an appropriate political move and elected deputies did not have the right to boycott.
So it appears that not all ideologically motivated boycotts are wrong.
Since 2005, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and scores of thousands of faculty members, including over 40 Nobel Laureates, have stood firmly against all academic boycotts, including boycotts of Israeli academics and Israeli academic institutions.
We voted for them to debate with arguments and not exercise pressure with boycotts, which presents a double-edged sword.
Israel is today targeted for academic and economic boycotts by elements in the West whose hostility toward it in many cases goes far beyond the West Bank, Jerusalem and the settlements issues.
But the boycotts that started in 1910 in New York and Detroit were different from the earlier ones in that they spread from kosher meat shops into meat shops in general.