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Home Depot broke labor law by firing an employee with ‘BLM' on apron, NLRB rules

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The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Home Depot violated the law by firing an employee for refusing to remove Black Lives Matter (BLM) messaging from his work apron. In a Home Depot store in Minnesota, workers wrote BLM on the company’s aprons in protest of racial injustice. The NLRB determined this to be a protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Home Depot was found to have interfered with employees’ Section 7 rights and must reinstate the employee and compensate for any loss of earnings. Home Depot disagreed with the decision. A previous ruling by an NLRB administrative law judge in 2022 had differed, but the Board overturned it.