Picketing Law and Legal Definition

Picketing is a method of promoting a strike or boycott. It is a gathering of persons outside a business or government office usually with signs of protest or claims in labor disputes or public policy controversies to pressure the entity to meet the protester’s demands.

It is the stationing of men for observation, or for the purpose of attempting to influence workers to quit their employment or intending workers not to seek employment, or for the purpose of apprising the public of the dispute with the employer and influencing them to withhold their patronage.

Picketing is constitutionally guaranteed as free speech, but in some cases it may be limited by court order to prevent physical combat, blocking of entrances or threats to the public safety. It is not considered a crime as long as it is carried out silently but if violence is involved legal action can be taken.