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Home Depot punished staff to shut down BLM activism, complaint says

Home Depot used threats and punishments to strive to cease staff from expressing assist for the Black Lives Matter motion and organizing amongst staff, in accordance to a complaint filed by an official with the National Labor Relations Board.

The submitting from an NLRB regional director alleges that the house enchancment retailer “selectively and disparately” enforced its dress code to goal staff who wore Black Lives Matter or “BLM” attire.

One worker who was attempting to handle racial discrimination and harassment points at a Home Depot location in Minneapolis was illegally suspended and advised to cease their activism efforts or discover one other job, in accordance to the complaint.

Management on the retailer additionally threatened staff in individual and over a video name “with unspecified consequences” in the event that they protested insurance policies on the retailer, the complaint says.

The NLRB regional director who issued the complaint, Jennifer Hadsall, said in a statement to Huff Post that Home Depot’s alleged actions violated the National Labor Relations Act, which protects staff’ proper to set up.

Sara Gorman, a Home Depot spokeswoman, stated the complaint “misrepresents the relevant facts.”
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“The NLRA protects employees’ rights to raise these issues with the goal of improving their working conditions,” Hadsall stated. “It is this important right we seek to protect in this case.” 

Sara Gorman, a Home Depot spokeswoman, stated the complaint “misrepresents the relevant facts.”

“The Home Depot does not tolerate workplace harassment of any kind and takes all reports of discrimination or harassment seriously, as we did in this case. We disagree with the characterization of this situation and look forward to sharing the facts during the NLRB’s process,” Gorman stated. 

“Regardless of the outcome, we will continue to be fully committed to diversity and respect for all people.”