You don't have to be an employee to suffer retaliation for speaking truth to power. This summer, I have been helping CASA de Maryland, an immigrant rights organization. We helped tenants in a number of buildings in the Hyattsville, Long Branch and Langley Park areas. They are organizing to address a variety of problems with conditions and management. Recently, tenants of Bedford, Victoria and Newbury Square buildings turned in dozens of conditions complaints to county authorities. Management responded by sending me a letter telling CASA de Maryland to "cease and desist" from entering their buildings. To me, this response evinces a certain plantation mentality in which building owners think they can control with whom their tenants associate. Anyway, you can see Univision's story about this reprisal here.