Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Charlie Sheen and the National Labor Relations Board

Do you remember Dawnmarie Souza? She was the employee on whose behalf the NLRB issued a complaint (which it later settled), claiming that the National Labor Relations Act protects a Facebook post a concerted activity. According to Time, the company fired Souza for “serious violations,” including “several incidents of allegedly rude behavior.” The company’s discovery of Souza’s Facebook post likening her boss to “various genital parts” was the last straw.

On Monday, CBS fired Charlie Sheen, in part because he made public disparaging comments about his boss. Charlie Sheen is a member of SAG. He also has his own “performance” problems. Should he file an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, based on his own protected, concerted activity—for example, calling his boss a “stupid, stupid little man and a pussy punk”; a “piece of  shit”; a “turd”; and a “clown”?

Or, is Charlie Sheen being able to sue his employer over these comments as ridiculous as Dawnmarie Souza being able to sue hers? Just saying.

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