Earlier this month, a number of major business associations – led by the United States Chamber of Commerce – filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on captive audience meetings in the Constitution State. A Connecticut law prohibits employers from requiring employee attendance at “captive audience” meetings where the employer shares their opinion on broadly defined religious or political matters – including efforts to dissuade employees from joining a union. When they passed the law back in June of this year, Connecticut lawmakers argued that the law was necessary to protect the free speech rights of employees. In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs contend it infringes on the free speech rights of employers. The coalition of business groups includes the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) as well as national powers such as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). Connecticut and Oregon are currently the only two states that have an active captive audience law, while Wisconsin and California both had similar laws overturned in the courts. Conversely, the Oregon statute has survived numerous legal challenges in 2010.