Q: How can a member of a Laborers union fight against being wrongfully terminated due to nepotism by the union steward??

Its a long story but I've been with this company many years, (almost 20 years) I am beyond devastated,

1 Lawyer Answer

Bernard P. Healy

Answered
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Pawtucket, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. Let me give you my initial impressions. I assume you are a member of a Laborers Union which has assigned you for many years to a specific business. You have apparently performed your job well and you are being forced out of your position because the union steward wants a relation of his to fill that position.

While discrimination is barred under many State and Federal Laws, including Rhode Island's Fair Employment Practices Act, that bar does not extend to nepotism. You cannot be discriminated against because of your race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, perceived disability, etc. Unfortunately, discrimination based upon nepotism is not specifically barred.

I think that you might have some rights under your Union Contract. Have you contacted your Union to complain that your steward is not fairly representing you? In my opinion, that is the best and most effective way to address the issue.

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