Wisconsin residents may be interested in learning that the National Labor Relations Board found merit in the charges filed against WeWork by a plaintiff who was fired from her position at the office space sharing company. The employee also has a pending civil suit that she filed in California.
Reportedly, the woman worked for the company from March of 2015 until November of 2015. After noticing a number of violations of safety rules and wage and hour laws, the plaintiff started discussing the issues with her fellow employees. She was told to stop talking about the problems. Then, the company forced all employees to sign a number of documents, including an arbitration agreement which required employees to go through arbitration while waiving their rights to jury trials or class action suits. The woman refused to sign the documents, and she was fired.
The NLRB found that the woman’s charges against the company held merit, which means that WeWork will now face charges that it violated the rights of its employees. Workers cannot be ordered to not discuss their wages or to act in order to try to organize. Companies are also not allowed to use agreements to waive employees’ rights to seek redress through the NLRB or the courts.
A variety of federal and state laws cover employee rights. Employers are prohibited from taking action to prevent their workers from trying to form unions, discuss their wages or limit their civil rights. People who believe that they have been unfairly treated by their employers in this regard may want to meet with an attorney in order to see what remedies may be available.
Source: Officing Today, “WeWork to face NLRB charges for violating employee rights,” June 8, 2016