The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Kent Security behaved unlawfully when it retaliated against employees for trying to improve working conditions. They also expressed concern about Kent Security's disregard for employee safety concerns. As a result of the informal settlement, Kent of Naples was required to post notices informing security officers of their rights at gatehouses for 60 days.
This labor dispute arose due to the "Wall of Shame" scandal covered by the Miami New Times and Fox 4 of Cape Coral, and the subsequent retaliation towards employees who complained about mistreatment.
This isn't the first time Kent Security has dealt with the Labor Board: in 2011 employees filed a complaint with the agency as well as to the city of Miami due to an alleged violation of the city's "living wage" ordinance, among other things. In this case, Kent Security also settled with employees.
Given the positive intervention of the Labor Board in both of these cases, the agency has proven itself to be among the most efficient and fair federal agencies in the nation, and to be a protector of workplace dignity and rights. We are thus very grateful to this noble federal institution.
Despite our Labor Board victory, we haven't given up the fight for justice. We want to make sure people are held accountable for wrongdoing and that our actions become a deterrent to similar misconduct. We also oppose the dehumanization of employees at Kent Security and elsewhere. We believe that ethics and business are compatible, and that profits do not require employee degradation or abuse.
We also want to make sure that employees understand their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA, established in 1935, allows employees to complain about wages or working conditions without retaliation. The NLRA also gives employees the right to form a union, though non-union employees are also covered by the Act. The NLRA established the Labor Board to oversee complaints alleging violations of the Act.