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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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In the official application forms, the city of Dickinson, Texas, is requiring anyone asking for Hurricane Harvey rebuilding funds to fill an item titled "Verification not to Boycott Israel," which reads: By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies hat the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement", New Arab reported.
In other words, while at (i) religious and minority groups boycotts a CEO speech or advertises can affect consumer boycott; (ii) at economic boycott there are some market characteristics (monopoly, e.
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.
Therefore, it is important for anti-consumption researchers and for businesses to understand the motives behind consumer boycotts of specific targets and the causes that drive consumers to engage in boycott behaviors.
I have moved from a position of doubt and unease in regard to the academic boycott to one of commitment to it.
If you analyze the stories of failed boycotts and those of successful ones over the past 10 to 15 years, you will find that there are just about seven failproof and successassuring factors to attend to and to maintain:
Jews who believe they can afford to let a boycott of Israel become the norm, while still freely retaining personal ties to Israel, are embracing an illusion.
Boycott was an agent of an absentee landlord in Ireland who evicted tenants unable to pay their rent during the Irish famine of 1880.
companies to participate or agree to participate in boycotts prohibited under U.