In 2014, an administrative law judge ruled that The Modern violated federal labor law when it unlawfully fired housekeeper Juliana for speaking out about working conditions at the hotel. The judge ruled that, among other things, The Modern must reinstate Juliana with full backpay.
The Modern challenged the decision, but the NLRB in Washington DC upheld the judge’s decision. The Modern appealed again to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied The Modern’s petition for review and enforced the NLRB’s decision in full, including the judge’s finding that “repeatedly discredited [housekeeping manager Emma] Clemente’s ‘self-serving, contradictory and improbable account.'” Congratulations once again to Juliana and the workers at The Modern Honolulu!