Perhaps if a restaurant located in Boiling Springs, S.C., can operate successfully with an Alaskan hunting lodge theme, then it can also be the stage for a counterintuitive National Labor Relations Board ruling.

The drama that played out between labor and management at the Copper River Restaurant resulted in an NLRB ruling that flies in the face of prior rulings as well as "common sense" that you can't fire someone merely for having a bad attitude.

That's what happened to Autumn Bellew, who not only lost her job for having a bad attitude but had the NLRB rule against her. 

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.