An administrative law judge from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board ruled today that T-Mobile has to change some of its employee policies after determining that they violate the National Labor Relations Act.
Judge Christine Dibble ruled that several provisions in T-Mobile’s employee handbook, confidentiality rules, code of conduct and form requesting that employees comply with policies were illegal. Employees of the company complained about those provisions, which prevented discussion of wages, complaining about working conditions and discussing the details of internal investigations.
T-Mobile didn’t have much to say about the ruling, arguing in the statement that the policies in question didn’t have an effect on its employees.
“This is simply a ruling about a technical issue in the law that relates to policies that are common to companies across the country,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said in a statement emailed to GeekWire. “There are no allegations that any employee has been impacted by these policies.”
The complaints that led to today’s ruling were filed by the Communication Workers of America, a union that is currently trying to organize T-Mobile’s non-unionized employees.
The news comes just a day after T-Mobile’s latest “Uncarrier” announcement, which focused on low-cost rate plans for businesses and an expansion of its program that pays off incoming customers’ commitments to their previous wireless carrier.