Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AT&T can punish employees for wearing ‘prisoner’ T-shirts to work, appeals court rules, overruling NLRB

Chalk one up for "common sense" in the Age of Idiocracy . . . 

AT&T didn't break the law when it forbade its technicians and other public-facing employees from wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words "Inmate" and "Prisoner of AT$T," a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
The ruling overturns a decision by the National Labor Relations Board and permits AT&T to ban the donning of negative T-shirts under an exception to the nation's labor laws.
The case began when AT&T suspended 183 Connecticut workers who refused to take off the offending shirts. The union that represents AT&T employees, the Communications Workers of America, accused the company of unfair labor practices.
Writing for the court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said that it was "common sense" for AT&T to want to avoid having customers see their employees walking around with those shirts on.
It seems the NLRB could not grasp this concept.


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