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7th Cir. Asked if ‘Cellar Lives Matter’ Logo Is Protected Speech

Jan. 13, 2021, 8:38 PM

Constellation Brands, seller of wines under the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi label, asked a U.S. appeals court to overturn an NLRB determination the company wrongly ordered a worker to remove a “Cellar Lives Matter” logo from his work vest.

The employee wore the insignia to protest the company’s anti-union efforts. Constellation contends the message, echoing that of the Black Lives Matter movement, was inflammatory and shouldn’t have been worn in the workplace.

“As an employer, the company has a right to ensure its workplace does not have racially insensitive speech,” the company’s attorney Karol Walker, a partner with Kaufman Dolowich...

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