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NLRB Sues Wal-mart Over Worker Firing

WASHINGTON -- The National Labor Relations Board has instituted a suit against Wal-Mart Inc., Bentonville, Ark., alleging that the world's largest retailer violated federal law by firing a worker at a New Hampshire store because she tried to get...

WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board has instituted a suit against Wal-Mart Inc., Bentonville, Ark., alleging that the world’s largest retailer violated federal law by firing a worker at a New Hampshire store because she tried to get workers together organize a union.

The NLRB, in a lawsuit filed Aug. 26 in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire, asked that Wal-Mart be forced to reinstate the worker, Linda Regalado, a three-year employee.

Regalado was most recently employed at Wal-Mart’s Hinsdale store as an invoice clerk.

According to Robert Redbord, an NLRB supervisory attorney at the agency’s New England district office, Wal-Mart officials began their intimidation of Regalado in February and March when she made efforts to organize employees as members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. He said the intimidation took the form of threatening her discharge and banning her from socializing with other workers. Redbord also noted that she was denied the chance to make telephone calls while at work.

Redbord said store management also promised her benefits and a better position if she would discontinue her campaign.

The NLRB filed an administrative complaint on May 29 alleging this intimidation. That case will be heard this month before an NLRB administrative judge. The reinstatement case will likely be heard next week.

Wal-Mart attorney Robert Rhoads could not be reached for comment.