- A concerted action by two or more individuals or
entities to avoid commercial dealings with a business or to induce others to
take the same action. This may include the refusal to work for the business and
to purchase or distribute the company’s products. While peaceful boycotts are
generally legal, boycotts that use coercion or intimidation to prevent others
from dealing with the targeted business are not.
- To engage in a boycott. See also picketing and strike.
A concerted refusal of consumers to purchase the products or
services of a business to indicate displeasure with the manufacturer, seller,
or provider of the product.
A concerted refusal of a group of competing businesses to conduct
commercial transactions with a company with whom they would otherwise do
business. Such boycotts are illegal under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
A union-organized boycott of an employer with which the union’s
membership have a labor dispute. For example, a union involved in a dispute
over wages with a business may encourage customers not to buy that company’s
A boycott of a
targeted company’s customers or suppliers with whom the boycotters have no
direct dispute to compel those customers and suppliers to refrain from doing
business with the targeted company. Such boycotts are illegal under the
Taft-Hartley Act if organized by a union.