The National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from disciplining employees for advocating for employee rights. If you were the shop stewart you should have filed a grievance and or a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. There are strict timelines for filing grievances and complaints, so time is of the essence. Find an employment attorney here on the find an attorney tab as quickly as possible if you haven't blown the timelines already. You could also call the local bar association for a referral.
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The National Labor Relations Act prohibits an employer from firing or otherwise discriminating against an employee who tries to make things better at work for himself or herself AND OTHER EMPLOYEES. This kind of activity, done on behalf of the workers, is protected in exactly the same way that union activity is protected. Both are called "protected concerted activity." You can file an unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board (nlrb.gov) for violating your right to engage in activities for the mutual aid and protection of the workers. There is a six month statute of limitation.
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