Split D.C. Circuit: Employees’ Speech In News Segment Was Protected

(September 20, 2016, 2:02 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statements made by satellite television installers on a television news segment protesting pay changes were protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), a divided District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Sept. 16 (DIRECTV, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 11-1273, D.C. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16940).

(Opinion available. Document #73-161014-004Z.)

DIRECTV Inc. sells satellite television services to consumers. It relies on contractors, including MasTec Advanced Technologies, to install satellite television receivers in subscribers’ homes.

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