A federal administrative law judge upheld Home Depot’s ban on employees placing Black Lives Matter logos on their persons at work.
Home Depot said that the BLM items violated the company’s uniform code, but leftist activists said that they ban violated their Constitution right of free speech.
The court disagreed with the activists.
Per Just the News:
Judge Paul Bogas overruled the National Labor Relations Board argument that the retailer’s ban on BLM imagery on work gear infringed worker’s political and labor rights.
Bogas said BLM messaging and imagery “originated, and is primarily used, to address the unjustified killings of Black individuals by law enforcement and vigilantes” and as such had little to do with the work conditions or labor rights at Home Depot protected as “concerted” labor activity.
“For the reasons previously discussed with respect to the Respondent’s nationwide interpretation of the dress code prohibition, BLM messaging is not inherently concerted,” the judge wrote Friday. “Nor does it have an objective, and sufficiently direct, relationship to terms and conditions of employment to fall within the mutual aid and protection clause.”
You can read the full ruling here.