NLRB IG: NLRB Acting General Counsel Accused of Ethical and Criminal Misconduct, Failed to Recuse Himself

Published: Sep 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline today issued the following statements on a National Labor Relations Board Inspector General report alleging NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon committed ethical and criminal violations when he failed to recuse himself from a case in which he had a financial stake. The IG concluded that Solomon acted personally and substantially in a matter concerning Wal-Mart and their social media policy when he had a financial interest in Wal-Mart.

“When Mr. Solomon, as a steward of taxpayer money, fails to disclose at the outset that he has a financial stake in a case he’s involved in, it calls into question his integrity and that of the agency,” said Chairman Issa.  “As a general counsel and career attorney, Mr. Solomon should know federal statute well enough to know when to recuse himself from a possible conflict of interest between his own finances and his work. Following a string of questionable decisions, including jeopardizing thousands of Boeing jobs in South Carolina at a new manufacturing facility; this is one more example of Mr. Solomon further tarnishing NLRB’s reputation.”

“Any charge of illegal action by a public official is a serious matter,” said Chairman Kline. “The IG report makes troubling allegations that acting General Counsel Solomon’s participation in a case in which he held a financial interest was both criminal and unethical.  Such behavior is unacceptable. As a public servant, Mr. Solomon has a responsibility to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  I plan to carefully review the report and assess the need for additional action in light of its findings.”

The Inspector General report can be found here.

Solomon’s response here.

Related Documents

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September 13, 2012 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Inspector General's Report on Lafe Solomon Document
September 14, 2012 Lafe Solomon Response to NLRB Inspector General's Report Document