A Home Depot employee claimed his rights were violated when the company would not allow him to use BLM imagery on his clothes. Judge Paul Bogas sided with the employer, finding that the BLM markings didn’t have “an objective direct relationship to the terms and conditions of employment.”
Bogas said, “The Black Lives Matter message was ‘originated,’ and it is primarily used,’ to protest the unjustified deaths of black individuals by police and vigilantes.”
“To the extent this message is being utilized for other reasons, it serves as a political umbrella for social issues and has nothing to do with the workplace in terms of relevance.”
The National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel had alleged that the firm was in violation of federal law by prohibiting the employee from wearing BLM apparel to protest “racial discrimination.” The agency is likely to appeal the decision.
“So the court will most likely reverse its decision and return it to the original ruling — allowing employees to wear BLM symbols. In this case, legality isn’t significant; all that matters is pleasing the Black Lives Matter racialists and making sure they don’t leave the Democratic Party fold.”
The NLRB accused Home Depot of “selectively and disproportionately” enforcing its dress code to target Black Lives Matter imagery last year.
“The NLRA guarantees the rights of workers to discuss their concerns in order to improve their working conditions,” Jennifer Hadsall, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, said at the time. “It is this fundamental right we seek to safeguard in this case.”
The company would have possibly rejected the KKK’s logo, for example, if it had been displayed on a white supremacist’s apron. But no Klansman is dumber than to advertise his connection to a hate organization on his apparel — something BLM could take away from this experience.