Home Depot Wins Ruling Against U.S. Labor Board Over Black Lives Matter Apparel
The Home Depot logo is seen on a shopping cart outside the store February 17, 2005 in Evanston, Illinois.
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A judge ruled Friday that the U.S. National Labor Relations Board’s case against Home Depot Inc., concerning Black Lives Matter apparel and messaging should be dismissed.

The NLRB claimed Home Depot violated employees’ rights by restricting BLM messaging on their uniforms.

Administrative law judge Paul Bogas, however, sided with the home improvement retail corporation, stating that there is no “direct” relationship between BLM activism and the “terms and conditions of employment.”

BLM messaging “originated, and is primarily used, to address the unjustified killings of Black individuals by law enforcement and vigilantes,” Judge Bogas wrote, according to Bloomberg. “To the extent the message is being used for reasons beyond that, it operates as a political umbrella for societal concerns and relates to the workplace only in the sense that workplaces are part of society.”

Bogas added that there was not “an objective, and sufficiently direct, relationship to terms and conditions of employment.”

The judge’s ruling “can be appealed to the labor board members based in Washington, among whom Democrats now hold a majority, and from there into federal court,” Bloomberg noted.

Months ago, Home Depot released a statement addressing a controversy on the other side of the political spectrum: a hyper-progressive worksheet on “white privilege” and “racism” that went viral online.

The company acknowledged that the worksheet is a “resource” in its Canadian division but noted that it’s “not part of any required programming,” nor was it “created or approved by our corporate diversity, equity and inclusion department.”

“While we fully support diversity across our company, this material was not created or approved by our corporate diversity, equity and inclusion department,” Home Depot said in a statement published in March. “This was a resource in our Canadian division and not part of any required programming.”

The literature defined “white privilege” as “[s]ocietal privileges that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by people of colour under the same social, political and economic circumstances.”

Billionaire Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, who retired as chairman in 2002, angered the Left back in 2019, when he said he’d be donating money to then-President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, triggering a #BoycottHomeDepot hashtag.

“He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus said of Trump. “Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”

Marcus said that after he dies he will give between 80-90% of his estimated $5.9 billion fortune to various charitable causes, The Daily Wire highlighted.

Related: Home Depot Responds After Worksheet On ‘White Privilege’ And ‘Racism’ Goes Viral

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