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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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Het meest absurde was dat het blanke protest in Zuid-Afrika zich juist in die culturele sector afspeelde: door de boycot werd uitgerekend aan het progressieve blanke protest onze solidariteit ontzegd.
De culturele boycot van Zuid-Afrika, vooral in Nederland (ook door de Nederlandse Taalunie), wordt--zoals al eerder bleek uit een voorwoord in Nieuw Wereldtijdschrift--betreurd.
An example can be found in Nike, whose very public track record with human rights violations in its sub-contractor sweat shops resulted in boycots in the 1990's, causing a serious rethink of its policies.
As I've said before let us the fans leave this on the back burner and get on with supporting the team, no more talk of boycots (this from an anti-Sisu poster I should stress).
El exceso de produccion significa precios bajos, especialmente si nuestros productos no pueden venderse bien en otros paises debido a boycots o a aranceles altos.
The key stumbling block, as Hanchard sees it, has been the movement's 'culturalism', the celebration and mythification of black traditions of self-identification as a substitute for the business of direct political action, such as boycots, sit-ins, civil disobedience, or armed struggle.
According to a Doy-an News Agency (DHA) report on Tuesday, university students who are determined to have been involved in any terrorism, anarchism or engaged in acts of civil disobedience, boycots or shouting illegal slogans will lose their chance to obtain both non-refundable grants and learning credit provided by the state.