Ex-Trader Joe's Worker Says He Was Fired For Not Smiling

Law360, Los Angeles (November 4, 2016, 8:31 PM EDT) -- A former Trader Joe's employee filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday alleging the grocer maintains unlawful rules about workers' attitudes and unlawfully fired him for for not smiling enough around his co-workers. 

Thomas Nagle, who is represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, says he was fired after his bosses took issue with his "attitude." But the company's specific rules about an employee's demeanor that chills rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, the complaint says, while disciplining and firing Nagle on their basis violates Section 8.

"The employer's rule that...

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