A Florida law firm recently fired 14 employees for wearing… not sagging pants, not revealing clothes… but orange shirts. Huh? Yes, apparently wearing orange shirts at the law offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. would get you fired.
There was obviously more going on before this incident happened, such as unhappiness with some of the management that could lead executives to believe that a protest would be occurring among the members.
It sucks for the law firm because many people are going to realize that their executives fire their employees for no real, apparent reason.
I think it would be cool that in protest of the firing of these 14 employees, the remaining employees wear orange the next work day. I’d love that.
In an interview with the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, several of the fired workers say they wore the matching colors so they would be identified as a group when heading out for a happy hour event after work. They say the executive who fired them initially accused them of wearing the matching color as a form of protest against management.
The law offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. offered “no comment” to Sun-Sentinel reporter Doreen Hemlock, but four ex-employees tell the paper they were simply wearing their orange shirts to celebrate “pay day” and the upcoming Friday group happy hour.
“There is no office policy against wearing orange shirts. We had no warning. We got no severance, no package, no nothing,” Lou Erik Ambert told the paper. “I feel so violated.”
Ironically, had the employees been wearing orange as a form of protest, it would have been illegal to fire them, ABC News reports.
“I’m a single mom with four kids, and I’m out of a job just because I wore orange today,” Meloney McLeod told the paper.