Q & A Session – Disruptive Noise in the Workplace


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I have colleagues that perform personal activities on government time and are sometimes so loud it disrupts my ability to concentrate. It has prevented me from being able to get my work done. Are there laws, policies or guidelines that govern noise producing activities which impede my ability to complete my work?


The situation you describe should not be allowed to continue. If your supervisor won’t deal with it, you can file a grievance to elevate it. The American taxpayer deserves better than to have such wasteful and disruptive practices occurring in federal workplaces.


Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.


Disclaimer: Ask a Lawyer publishes information on this website for informational purposes only. Information on this website is intended – but not promised, guaranteed, or warranted – to reflect correct, complete and current developments. In addition, the contents of the website do not constitute legal advice and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the attorney. Information from this website is not intended to be used as a substitute for specific legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. You should not act, or refrain from acting, based on information on this website without seeking specific legal advice about your particular circumstances. No attorney-client relationship between you and Ask a Lawyer’s author is created by the transmission of information to or from this site.


About Author

Leave A Reply