Facebook 'Like' Protected By Labor Law, NLRB Says

Law360, New York (August 25, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday that clicking Facebook's "like" button was protected, concerted activity shielded by labor law, finding that the Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille unlawfully fired two workers over a Facebook discussion panning the bar's tax withholding calculations.

In what lawyers said is the first labor board ruling on whether labor law covers Facebook "likes," the NLRB adopted an agency's judge's January 2012 conclusion that bartender and waitress Jillian Sanzone and cook Vincent Spinella were fired by the Connecticut bar and restaurant in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. 

The Facebook discussion involved several workers,...

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