When Spot Coffee fired three longtime employees last month, the workers said the company didn’t give them a reason for their termination except that the local chain wanted “to go in a different direction.”
With the case now before the National Labor Relations Board, that explanation likely won’t cut it – not if Spot Coffee wants to prove it didn’t let workers go for trying to organize a union, said Howard Foster, a labor relations expert and professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo School of Management.
“It is certainly not legal to fire an employee for trying to organize a union,” Foster said. “It’s unlikely they will say they didn’t want them to organize a union so they fired the ringleaders. They will have to give a legitimate reason and explain it.”