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Telebriefs®: Curt Schilling Legally Fired By ESPN Over Controversial Tweet

smart phonesHall of fame baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling, was working as an ESPN television commentator when he was fired for an allegedly offensive tweet he posted online. The tweet, considered to be offensive and blatantly homophobic, remarked on the recently enacted law in North Carolina, which requires persons to use the bathroom associated with the sex of their birth as opposed to preferred gender. ESPN received negative commentary regarding the tweet and, as a result, decided to fire Curt Schilling. ESPN had the right to terminate Curt Schilling because he was not a member of a union and was not engaged in so-called protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. To learn more about this law and why it did not protect Curt Schilling in this case, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

 

Also in this week’s Labor & Employment Telebrief:  Tom Brady and the outcome of the “Deflategate” case, the Department of Labor’s proposed Persuader Rule, and how to legally conduct a mass layoff.

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ABOUT HOWARD KURMAN

Howard Kurman website Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

 

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