NLRB rules Jimmy John’s franchise can’t fire employees for ‘sick worker’ posters

The workers had put up posters claiming food may make customers sick to protest lack of sick days

There are plenty of categories that constitute protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act, but actively telling customers of a food chain that employees are sick around food? Yes, says the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), that can be protected speech as well.

On August 21, the NLRB ordered a Minnesota Jimmy John’s franchise to rehire workers that had put up posters suggesting sandwiches were made by sick workers, calling their protests protected speech. The franchise was also found to be promoting anti-union activity in other ways as well.

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