Schroeder Comments on MMA Fighter’s Appeal of NLRB Decision

27 September 2018 Bloomberg Law News
Partner Don Schroeder was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article, “Mixed Martial Artist Hopes Her KO’d Case Gets Revived,” about MMA fighter Leslie Smith’s plan to appeal the NLRB’s rejection of her allegations of labor law violations by the UFC.

Schroeder said retaliation for protected activity complaints can be made to the state human rights commission, the labor office or the EEOC. He also noted that California labor laws are worker-friendly, which could benefit Smith.

If those remedies are exhausted, Schroeder added, Smith could file a lawsuit claiming retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. “Nothing would prevent her from going to federal court to file either individually or for a class action under the FLSA,” he said.

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