Home Depot doesn’t have to allow store employees to work with Black Lives Matter messages on their aprons. This was decided by a judge of the US federal agency that protects workers’ rights. Prosecutors from the same agency filed a case against the DIY chain.
They found that Home Depot violated labor law by not allowing the company to comment. However, the administrative judge found that Black Lives Matter was not sufficiently relevant to working conditions for legal protection.
He wrote that the letter “originated and is primarily used to address the unjustified killings of black individuals by the police.” According to him, it is only concerned with the workplace “in the sense that workplaces are part of society”. The ruling can still be appealed.
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A similar case is pending against Whole Foods. The US supermarket chain has banned employees from wearing clothes that display Black Lives Matter messages. Whole Foods, which was acquired by Amazon in 2017, is said to have fired people for it, according to the agency.
In recent years, the US police have been implicated in a series of incidents that have resulted in the deaths of black men. This led to mass protests in the United States and the formation of the Black Lives Matter protest movement. This group wants to end police brutality against blacks.
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