According to the Service Employees International Union, Sodexo settled a speech case with the National Labor Relations Board concerning its media policy for employees.
“As a result, Sodexo has issued a new media policy that does not infringe upon the right of workers to speak about their working conditions and workplace issues. Sodexo must notify all workers in the U.S. about the policy change,” according to SEIU.
The union had filed an unfair labor practice against Sodexo, saying the company’s media policy was “extremely restrictive.” It had ordered employees not to speak with the media and if asked for comment, they were to immediately contact their manager or corporate communications department.
“SEIU filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, arguing that the media policy was impermissibly broad and had the effect of intimidating workers out of exercising their long-established right to speak in public and advocate for improvements in their working conditions,” according to the union.
The new policy “makes clear that restrictions on workers’ speech only apply when they are speaking ‘on behalf of’ the company — something which rarely, if ever, happens,” according to the SEIU
In the Facebook case — involving an ambulance company employee who was fired for her disparaging comments about her boss that she posted on her Facebook page — the company settled its NLRB case by agreeing to amend its Internet policy barring employees from making disparaging remarks online.
The ambulance company’s settlement with the fired employee was not disclosed.