Home Depot wins ruling denying right to wear BLM at work (1)
A complaint by the US Chamber of Labor prosecutors against it
The General Counsel of the US National Labor Relations Board had done so
The NLRB declined to comment. A Home Depot representative did not immediately respond to a query. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer has said the agency “misrepresents the relevant facts” and that it is “fully committed to diversity and respect for all people.”
The federal labor law protects the right of workers, with or without a union, to participate in collective action to improve working conditions. In the Home Depot case and another against
In his verdict on Friday administrative judge
The message “was created and is used primarily to address the unjustified killings of black people by law enforcement and vigilantes,” he wrote. “To the extent that the message is used for broader purposes, it functions as a political umbrella for societal concerns and relates to the workplace only in the sense that jobs are part of society.”
Whole Foods has denied wrongdoing in its case, which is being reviewed by a San Francisco-based judge in an ongoing trial.
Agency judges’ decisions can be appealed to Washington-based Labor Board members, now majority Democrats, and from there in federal courts.
(Updates to include details of the verdict.)
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