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Home Depot on New Brighton Blvd. penalized for firing worker with 'BLM' written on work apron

The National Labor Relations Board ordered that the worker be rehired and issued back pay

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Home Depot's New Brighton Boulevard store in Minneapolis violated the law and the rights of a worker when it fired the employee for writing BLM on their orange work apron during Black History Month in 2021.

Home Depot must rehire Antonio Morales Jr., issue back pay with interest and cover any tax consequences that may result from Morales receiving a lump-sum payment, according to the order issued on Tuesday.

The NLRB ordered the store to cease from "prohibiting its employees from engaging in protected concerted activities, including by displaying BLM or Black Lives Matter markings on their aprons." The store must also post notices in the store informing workers of their rights.


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