NLRB Ruling A Warning Against Preemptive Firing

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 6:14 PM EST) -- The National Labor Relations Board's recent decision to blackball retaliation against employees who might, but have yet to, engage in protected activity expands worker rights and should make employers think twice about preemptive strikes, attorneys say.

The Jan. 28 decision found that Parexel International LLC violated labor law when it fired Theresa Neuschafer, a nurse who complained to her supervisor that South African workers were receiving special treatment at the pharmaceutical research company.

Although the board found Neuschafer had not yet engaged in activity protected under...
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