More NFL News The league is in a legal hot seat after a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday that forced it to pay $1.5 million to a former union employee who was fired after a public complaint about the league’s use of paid media on the field.
Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision after reviewing a letter from the former employee, who was among several who were fired following the October 30, 2016, incident that left a number of players and coaches in the league with injuries.
The decision will likely be appealed.
It’s a blow for the NFL, which has long maintained that its use of pay-for-play contracts is a matter of fairness and a legitimate form of labor organizing.
The league has defended its use as an essential part of its culture.
The case against the league, which was filed by the NFL Players Association and the NFLPA, was one of two that were filed by former players and the union.
Both were dismissed last month by a federal appeals court.
The league, along with its union allies, argued that the former union member was fired for complaining about the way the league used its media rights, not the pay-to-play deals it signed with players.
In a letter to Goodell on Tuesday, the former player, Scott Thompson, said he was terminated for speaking out about the use of media in the NFL.
Thompson said he did not think that the NFL had a legitimate interest in his firing, given that the league is currently embroiled in a public relations scandal over its handling of a sexual harassment complaint filed by a former player who was a member of the New York Jets team.
The NFLPA also argued that Thompson’s firing violated the collective bargaining agreement, which he signed in 2000.
The NFLPA’s lawyers had argued that he was fired because he had not cooperated with the union’s investigation of the allegations, which were made in October.
The ruling from the NLRB said Thompson “violated” the contract because he did something that was not authorized under the contract and that it was “not fair to pay him an award based on his actions in a dispute.”
The NFL has defended the use as a legitimate method of labor and labor organizing and said it would continue to pay players the same amount they were paid for the season.
The union said the decision is an insult to its members and a clear violation of the union contract, which is worth $2.8 million annually.
The NLRB ruled that a “contract breach” is not a crime because the employer can choose to settle without paying a penalty and the court has found that a contract breach does not have to be the result of an actual breach.
But the judge said that it “would be improper to make a finding of an ‘actual breach’ because the defendant is entitled to have the dispute resolved through negotiations.
The court therefore finds that the defendants’ claim that their claims are without merit is without merit.””
The NLRA does not create a contractual obligation to pay its employees the same pay as its competitors, and therefore does not provide an enforceable contractual obligation for employers to pay their employees the amount they are paid,” the ruling said.
In addition, the judge noted that Thompson did not make a legitimate argument for the termination.
In the meantime, the league said it will continue to abide by the court’s decision.
“The NFL will continue its policy of paying its employees based on the same minimum wage, hours worked and compensation that the rest of the NFL workforce receives,” a league spokesman said.
“We are confident that we have made the right decision.”
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