Maruichi is so intimate and unpretentious that it has chosen to call itself a bistro. But that gives the wrong impression entirely. You will find no red checkered tablecloths here, no tourist posters, Pernod ads or guttering candles jammed into empty wine bottles. Instead it espouses a quiet simplicity that feels altogether more Japanese than Gallic.
Khanh Dang sued his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of public policy, claiming that Maruichi had discharged him for engaging in concerted activity relating to unionizing efforts. The trial court granted Maruichi's motion for summary judgment on the ground that it lacked jurisdiction because Dang's claim was preempted by the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). The Court of Appeal reversed, holding that the discharge of a supervisor based on his participation in union or concerted activity is not unlawful under federal law because supervisors (unlike employees) are not protected by section 7 of the NLRA; further, section 8 of the Act could not have been violated because Dang's termination did not interfere with the employees' section 7 rights. Therefore, a finding of " preemption" was not warranted, and the employer's motion should have been denied.
I was not expecting much of this hotel. It is in the sleazy part of town. But other hotels were full and I needed a place to stay for one night to get an early start on transport out of Umeda the next day. This, by the way, is one of Maruichi's strong points: it is so well placed in...
Let's say you were in Mountain View for one lunch. Let's say you love ramen (but are no expert, a mere baby in the ramen world, really). Let's say you have been given the option of Maruichi or Ryowa for lunch today.