The Backchannel
The Backchannel
Jul 22, 2020
It's Now Easier to Fire People for Saying Racist or Sexist Things. Yay?
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Has the National Labor Relations Board gone woke? A ruling by an all-male, all-Republican three-member panel says that employees who use offensive language during a labor dispute can now be fired for that language. Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian discuss whether this move towards political correctness is actually cover to make it easier to fire workers during what are usually tense labor organizing campaigns.

• Bloomberg story on the ruling:

• The NLRB decision:

Correction to something said in this episode: In the anecdote about the Seattle Times reporter, he was actually suspended and then resigned about a month later. He was not fired outright.

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