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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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Darshan-Leitner said the law has not yet been tested in court because proving a link between a boycott and a call for one is difficult.
On October 11, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Kansas law on behalf of a high school math teacher who is being required by the state to sign to certify that she won't boycott Israel if she wants to take part in a teacher training program.
Boycott was alleged to have made the comment after claiming that knighthoods were handed out like "confetti" to West Indies cricketers, including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Curtly Ambrose.
So, the Social Boycott considers, at an early reflection perspective, characteristics related to corporate social responsibility, cutting across the base of the Labor Boycott concept by specifically considering situations involving forced, semi-slavery or child labor.
Early in the boycott, it became clear that Michigan would be a significant battleground state.
Consider the Indian boycott of British goods organised by Mahatma Gandhi around the second decade of the 20th century; and the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott - a campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public mass transit system, that effectively kicked off the civil rights movement.
What happened in the boycott [issue], I was telling the media, as they said, 'Sir, we are not included in boycott.
Boycott movements have been fueled by increasing public attention to corporate social responsibility (Klein, Smith, and John 2004) and are often used as one of the most effective consumer actions against companies that engage in practices deemed unethical or unjustified (Friedman 1999).
As mentioned, in the three chapters that follow the historiographical part, Cetinkaya discusses boycott movements.
Campaigners believe that boycott is the most effective way to confront Israel and its supporters after the UN Security Council and world powers failed to stop the massacre of Gazans despite worldwide protests.
Chances for VMRO-NP the second round of the presidential elections are real and this goes in favor for BDI, which announced that it will boycott the presidential elections completely.