[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yOTk3MTM4MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY5MTk5MTk5Nn0.mVTz7OiXoFObIm5QphY1UfE4wDlCQ_qDylS9FiWULPE%2Fimg.jpg%3Fwidth%3D1200%26coordinates%3D88%2C0%2C88%2C0%26height%3D800\u0026ho=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.rebelmouse.io\u0026s=785\u0026h=e36422bee72cf187da1295ae1263818941a34b9e5ecc4ac2396e88de18d44d24\u0026size=980x\u0026c=2315758481 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yOTk3MTM4MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY5MTk5MTk5Nn0.mVTz7OiXoFObIm5QphY1UfE4wDlCQ_qDylS9FiWULPE%252Fimg.jpg%253Fwidth%253D1200%2526coordinates%253D88%252C0%252C88%252C0%2526height%253D800%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fassets.rebelmouse.io%26s%3D785%26h%3De36422bee72cf187da1295ae1263818941a34b9e5ecc4ac2396e88de18d44d24%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2315758481%22%7D" expand=1]A government judge ruled on Friday in favor of Home Depot, dismissing a case brought by a former employee who was fired for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter slogan from his work uniform.What is the background?The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Home Depot last August after a Minnesota employee was fired for wearing a BLM slogan on his apron.The NLRB complaint accused Home Depot of having "discriminated" against the employee "for raising issues of racial harassment with coworkers and managers and displaying a Black Lives Matter slogan on his apron," conduct the agency says is protected under the National Labor Relations Act.Home Depot prohibits employees from wearing anything \u2014 whether on their Home Depot apron or otherwise \u2014 that promotes "causes or political messages unrelated to workplace matters." The NLRB argued that messages related to BLM should not fall under the policy. In fact, the agency claimed the employee was engaging in "protected concerted activity," which the NLRB defines as discussing with co-workers how to improve work conditions and compensation, petitioning for better work hours, and discussing work-related problems with the employer, government, or media. What happened now?Administrative law Judge Paul Bogas has dismissed the case.In his ruling, Bogas explained that "BLM messaging is not inherently concerted," and that BLM rhetoric lacks "an objective, and sufficiently direct, relationship to terms and conditions of employment.""BLM messaging originated, and is primarily used, to address the unjustified killings of black individuals by law enforcement and vigilantes," Bogas explained. "To the extent the message is being used for reasons beyond that, it operates as a political umbrella for societal concerns and relates to the workplace only in the sense that workplaces are part of society."TheBlaze reached out to Home Depot for comment, but the company did not immediately respond.Last year, a spokeswoman for Home Depot said:The Home Depot does not tolerate workplace harassment of any kind and takes all reports of discrimination or harassment seriously, as we did in this case. We disagree with the characterization of this situation and look forward to sharing the facts during the NLRB\u2019s process.Rulings by NLRB agency judges can be appealed to the full NLRB in Washington, D.C., which is currently composed of three Democrats and two Republicans. From there, the matter can be settled in federal court.