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Sean Penn Accuses Biden Labor Cops of “Abusive Conduct”

In July 2020, Sean Penn’s charitable organization CORE turned Dodger Stadium into the largest testing site in the nation.
In July 2020, Sean Penn’s charitable organization CORE turned Dodger Stadium into the largest testing site in the nation. Photo: Stephane Cardinale via Getty Images
Eriq Gardner
April 18, 2023

Sean Penn thought he had victory a few weeks ago at the National Labor Relations Board. But his attorney Mathew Rosengart is now convinced that Biden appointees at the federal agency are out to stick it to his star client—even if they have to rig a win. “This case has become a case study of an overzealous agency run amok,” Rosengart told me.

The dispute traces to the early days of the Covid pandemic, when Penn’s charitable organization, CORE, began helping people in disadvantaged communities respond to the health crisis. In July 2020, his group turned Dodger Stadium into the largest testing site in the nation, and a few months later, at Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s direction, it became a mass vaccination site. That’s when a New York Times reporter visited, prompting a couple anonymous readers identifying as CORE staffers to leave comments on the news site about “working 18 hour days, 6 days a week” with “a shipping container on site that is a designated space for overworked staff to go cry in.”