Law360 reports (subscription required), that the Chicago Regional Office of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint last week against Karl Knauz Motors, Inc., alleging that it violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), when it fired an employee for comments he posted on his Facebook page. The allegations in the complaint are minimal at best. In sum, it claims that:
On or about June 14, 2010, Charging Party Becker posted on his Facebook page employees’ concerted protest and concerns about Respondent’s handling of a sales event which could impact their earnings.
It then states that Becker was terminated a week later and claims that the termination was intended to discourage employees from engaging in concerted activities.
A hearing is scheduled to be heard on July 21, 2011.
This is just the latest in a seeming flurry of activity involving the NLRB’s interest in so-called “Facebook Firings,” including one reported last week issued by the Manhattan Office, the threatened complaint that never materialized against Thomson-Reuters, and the NLRB’s GC’s determination that the termination of an Arizona journalist for his Twitter comments did not violate the NLRA.