Letter to Editor Is Protected
Updated: Jul 15, 2021
The NLRB decided an employer violated the NLRA by firing an employee for a letter she wrote to the editor of a local newspaper. A second violation was found because the employer maintained a media policy prohibiting contact between employees and the media. The 1st Circuit upheld the NLRB.
Why This Is Important…The letter writing was concerted activity and union activity, both protected by law. Maintaining a broad policy prohibiting contact between the press and employees also violated the NLRA. Employers need to be sure these policies are appropriately limited and fairly enforced.