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Menards Investigated for Possible Labor Law Violation

Menards Investigated for Possible Labor Law Violation

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is addressing another potential labor law violation by Menards.

The NLRB issued a complaint regarding the big box home improvement retailer for possibly violating labor laws by classifying its delivery drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

Categorizing drivers as contractors “deprived them of workplace protections afforded to employees,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

The complaint also says Menards prohibits drivers from filing class-action lawsuits or labor complaints against the company, the Journal Sentinel says.

Earlier this year, the NLRB found merit in claims that the company was barring employees from joining class-action lawsuits and was financially penalizing employees who engaged in union activities.

However, Menards spokesperson Jeff Abbott tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an email that the recent complaint is “ridiculous” and “it lacks any merit.”

“Our corporation has contracts with various corporations to deliver goods to our customers,” Abbott says in the email. “We are puzzled why the NLRB is involved with this because we have no disputes with any of these corporations or any of their employees.”

The NRLB issues complaints after investigating charges against an employer and deciding if action should be taken, according to the agency website.

If the charge isn’t settled or withdrawn, then the NLRB files a complaint and schedules a hearing about the case, the website says.

About Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul

Melanie is the features editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She studied professional writing and sociology at York College of Pennsylvania and then worked in central Pennsylvania for several years as a barista and an editor. She returned to the Hoosier State in late 2016 to join the NRHA team. She enjoys cooking and sharing the results with her husband, dog and cat.