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Racist Slurs On Picket Line Are Protected, 8th Circ. Hears

Law360, New York (November 14, 2016, 3:13 PM EST) -- The National Labor Relations Board has pushed the Eighth Circuit to rule that racist statements made by an employee on a picket line are protected under federal labor law as long as they don’t constitute a threat, saying a Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. worker shouldn’t have been fired for making such statements.

In a Nov. 10 brief, the labor board urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a May ruling ordering Cooper to rehire Anthony Runion with full back pay after he was fired for shouting...
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