Home Depot wins ruling denying right to wear BLM at work (1)
A lawsuit filed by U.S. Labor Commission prosecutors against
The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board of the United States had
The NLRB declined to comment. A Home Depot representative did not immediately respond to a request. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer said the agency “misrepresents relevant facts” and is “fully committed to diversity and respect for all.”
Federal labor law protects the right of employees, with or without a union, to engage in collective action regarding working conditions. In the Home Depot case, and another against
In his judgment on Friday, the administrative judge
The message “was born and is used primarily to address the wrongful killings of black people by law enforcement and vigilantes,” he wrote. “To the extent that the message is used for reasons other than that, it functions as a political umbrella for societal concerns and is only relevant to the workplace in the sense that workplaces are part of society.”
Whole Foods has denied any wrongdoing in its case, which is being considered in an ongoing trial by a San Francisco-based agency judge.
The decisions of the agency’s judges can be appealed to the Washington-based labor commission members, among whom the Democrats now hold the majority, and from there to a federal court.
(Updates to include details on the decision.)
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