Employer's Dress Policy Nixed In Fight Over 'Slave' Shirt

Law360, New York (August 16, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT) -- An Alma Products Co. policy banning clothing displaying derogatory language or images about the company was unlawful, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Wednesday, adding that a worker who wore a shirt bearing the word “slave” and depicting a ball and chain shouldn't have been disciplined.

Administrative Law Judge Paul Bogas agreed with the NLRB acting general counsel's argument that even though Alma's dress code policy didn't explicitly restrict activity safeguarded by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, it violated the law “because...
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