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Worker Who Quit Over ‘BLM’ Logo Ordered to Be Reinstated by Home Depot

The National Labor Relations Board has made a significant ruling against Home Depot, stating that the company violated federal law by demanding a worker remove a Black Lives Matter (BLM) slogan from their apron or resign. This decision came after the worker’s refusal to comply, arguing that their actions were protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

Antonio Morales Jr., employed at a Home Depot store in Minneapolis, drew “BLM” on their apron to support the movement amid protests against racial discrimination. The labor board concluded that Morales’ act was part of a collective effort to address workplace issues, thus warranting legal protection.

Chairman Lauren McFerran stressed the importance of workers’ rights to protest against workplace discrimination, affirming that individual actions supporting group protests are safeguarded by law.

While Home Depot expressed disagreement with the ruling, it reiterated its commitment to diversity and respect in the workplace, condemning any form of harassment or discrimination.

The company now faces the task of reinstating Morales and complying with the labor board’s orders for compensation. This ruling sets a precedent for similar cases, highlighting the need to address workplace discrimination effectively.

Ultimately, the ruling underscores the significance of protecting workers’ rights to engage in concerted activities and serves as a reminder to companies to uphold these rights in their policies and practices.

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