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(Sun Sentinel)   Fourteen workers at a law firm were fired for wearing orange on Friday. "It was our happy hour shirt color, not a protest"   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 200
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2012-03-17 01:09:07 PM
Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?
 
2012-03-17 01:17:36 PM

edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?


Try to file for unemployment? Get drunk? Start looking for another job?
 
2012-03-17 01:39:04 PM
Yay for right to work laws.
 
2012-03-17 01:49:53 PM
John Boehner never would have stood a chance
 
2012-03-17 02:27:24 PM
If there was only some place they could go to for legal advice.
 
2012-03-17 02:33:18 PM
So... was there actually some protest going on that involved wearing orange shirts? Or did somebody just make that shiat up?
 
2012-03-17 02:45:34 PM
Well, I knew where this didn't happen without clicking the link.
 
2012-03-17 02:52:25 PM

serial_crusher: So... was there actually some protest going on that involved wearing orange shirts? Or did somebody just make that shiat up?


yah
what the fark are they talking about
 
2012-03-17 02:52:51 PM
Someone is taking the whole Northern Ireland thing too seriously around St Paddy's Day!
 
2012-03-17 03:04:30 PM

serial_crusher: So... was there actually some protest going on that involved wearing orange shirts? Or did somebody just make that shiat up?


difficult to say. could just be someone higher up the food chain got paranoid, decided to fire a bunch of people. sometimes that's how it goes with small businesses - the guys running the show aren't always sane.
 
2012-03-17 04:03:17 PM

edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?


Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.
 
2012-03-17 04:05:01 PM
Well I guess now they have a reason to protest.
 
2012-03-17 04:12:24 PM
At-will employment: because fark you, America.
 
2012-03-17 04:13:18 PM

serial_crusher: So... was there actually some protest going on that involved wearing orange shirts? Or did somebody just make that shiat up?


Obviously it was some sort of protest. No one wears matching "happy hour" shirts, that's ridiculous.
 
2012-03-17 04:14:14 PM
Yadel Fong, 21, of Miami, wonders where he'll find work after losing his job in the mail room. He was not aware of anyone in the group involved in a protest.

Yeah, right. The Chinese have a long history of anti-Irish sentiment. From what I've pieced together from take-out menus, General Tso defeated the Fighting Irish at the battle of Kung Pao.
 
2012-03-17 04:14:31 PM
Orange Shirt Day is Wednesday
 
2012-03-17 04:15:52 PM
Oh well, sucks to be stupid. If 14 people actually spent time organizing a color to celebrate happy hour, I doubt anyone's going to miss them. They just helped management thin the herd.

So sad. Too bad. Bye bye.
 
2012-03-17 04:16:49 PM

downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.


I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.
 
2012-03-17 04:17:57 PM
The funny thing is, I bet most of these people were all for right-to-work laws the day before this happened. Conservative policies are for other people.
 
2012-03-17 04:18:31 PM
If they've done that every 2 weeks for a while, I don't see how the protest claim holds up.

Sure, such a thing is legal in many states, but just because it's legal doesn't mean it's a good idea to do. These people immediately went to the press, and now the company management looks bad. Their coworkers still with jobs are now paranoid as all hell, and morale just went into the toilet.

/assuming the truth is being told
 
2012-03-17 04:18:48 PM

ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.


Nah. Unless it's an unlawful reason for firing--like race or gender--they're probably shiat out of luck.
 
2012-03-17 04:20:46 PM
And anyone outside of Ireland would give a rat's ass about the color orange in what way? Here's a clue you thin-skinned dipshiats: Very few Americans even know what that means in regards to Ireland, and most of those that do don't care.
 
2012-03-17 04:20:51 PM
Ha. Watch the video. The dumb biatch says, "We got a new manager on March 2nd, and she has a... tanning complex. She's orange."

So obviously they were mocking the new manager. Dumbasses.
 
2012-03-17 04:21:00 PM

ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.


It is not illegal. Same as in Ohio. I can be fired for any or no reason. I can also quit for any or no reason. Unless they say I'm fired because I'm white or something that is illegal. The people fired might be able to collect unemployment, but winning a lawsuit or anything is out of the question.
 
2012-03-17 04:21:01 PM

themeaningoflifeisnot: Oh well, sucks to be stupid. If


As you so wonderfully just demonstrated.
 
2012-03-17 04:21:53 PM

serial_crusher: So... was there actually some protest going on that involved wearing orange shirts? Or did somebody just make that shiat up?


I first heard of this on last week's 30 Rock, but I thought they made it up for the show.

What if you're a Miami Hurricanes fan?
 
2012-03-17 04:22:10 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Ha. Watch the video. The dumb biatch says, "We got a new manager on March 2nd, and she has a... tanning complex. She's orange."

So obviously they were mocking the new manager. Dumbasses.


Maybe, but someone like that needs to be mocked.
 
2012-03-17 04:22:25 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Ha. Watch the video. The dumb biatch says, "We got a new manager on March 2nd, and she has a... tanning complex. She's orange."


Except they've been doing this every two weeks for a while, you know, before the manager was there.

oukewldave: but winning a lawsuit or anything is out of the question.


Not necessarily.
 
2012-03-17 04:22:31 PM

ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.


Firing someone for wearing orange isn't illegal. Firing someone for being black, or handicapped, or Muslim, that's illegal as those are protected statuses. "Wearing orange" isn't a protected status.
 
2012-03-17 04:23:22 PM

WhyteRaven74: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Ha. Watch the video. The dumb biatch says, "We got a new manager on March 2nd, and she has a... tanning complex. She's orange."

Except they've been doing this every two weeks for a while, you know, before the manager was there.



Oh you. You're so gullible.
 
2012-03-17 04:24:10 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.

Firing someone for wearing orange isn't illegal. Firing someone for being black, or handicapped, or Muslim, that's illegal as those are protected statuses. "Wearing orange" isn't a protected status.


i'm sure a good lawyer could figure out a reason. ;-)
 
2012-03-17 04:25:54 PM
Thinning the herd.
 
2012-03-17 04:27:37 PM

ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.


You are wrong, did you even read TFA?
 
2012-03-17 04:27:57 PM
Boy, I bet there was no morale problem there, nope, nu-uh. None. And, if there was, I bet management cured that problem. And, if they didn't, well, firing a few more people will correct that.
 
2012-03-17 04:28:30 PM

ihatedumbpeople: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.

Firing someone for wearing orange isn't illegal. Firing someone for being black, or handicapped, or Muslim, that's illegal as those are protected statuses. "Wearing orange" isn't a protected status.

i'm sure a good lawyer could figure out a reason. ;-)


Oh, any idiot can file for litigation for almost any reason. And I'm sure a "good" lawyer would be happy to take these people's money while knowing their likelihood of winning is extremely low.
 
2012-03-17 04:29:04 PM
The company's stupidest move was giving a reason.
No reason necessary to fire them, so they shouldn't have given one.
 
2012-03-17 04:29:17 PM
"We're wearing orange to support the troops. Why do you hate the troops?"
 
2012-03-17 04:29:21 PM
Do not worry I have left a voicemail with several people at this office upon which I have provided them with both sides of this issue then entered the conclusion which was that they should not do the firing and for this reason we will expect the followup of them getting the job back. I have saved the day for these individuals. You are all welcome.
 
2012-03-17 04:29:30 PM
The executive said anyone wearing orange for an innocent reason should speak up. One employee immediately denied involvement with a protest and explained the happy-hour color.

I expected everyone to have denied involvement with a protest. If the 13 others didn't say anything, does that mean there was a protest?



Ed Grubermann: And anyone outside of Ireland would give a rat's ass about the color orange in what way? Here's a clue you thin-skinned dipshiats: Very few Americans even know what that means in regards to Ireland, and most of those that do don't care.


Put me down as having no idea that the color orange means anything particular in Ireland.

And would that even be related to some Floridians protesting their bosses?

/Incomplete article is incomplete.
 
2012-03-17 04:29:39 PM

ihatedumbpeople: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: ihatedumbpeople: downpaymentblues: edmo: Firing people who work at a law office en mass? Meh, they'll probably have no idea what to do next, right?

Florida is an "at-will" state for employment. That means unless there's a contract, an employer can fire a worker "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," said Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver in Fort Lauderdale.

I"m sure with all the stupid things happening in our courts today, firing someone for wearing orange would be considered illegal. unless management has irrefutable proof the orange was some sort of demonstration from within their ranks and can prove each employee fired was part of the demonstration, they'll probably be putting their lawyering skills to work soon.

Firing someone for wearing orange isn't illegal. Firing someone for being black, or handicapped, or Muslim, that's illegal as those are protected statuses. "Wearing orange" isn't a protected status.

i'm sure a good lawyer could figure out a reason. ;-)


I'm going to have to put you on ignore due to your dimness
 
2012-03-17 04:30:24 PM

Begoggle: The company's stupidest move was giving a reason.
No reason necessary to fire them, so they shouldn't have given one.


Um... what reason did they give? The article I read said that the law firm had no comment.
 
2012-03-17 04:31:17 PM
religious discrimination?
 
2012-03-17 04:35:25 PM
Sounds like they were fired for being lushes.
 
2012-03-17 04:36:04 PM

meow said the dog: Do not worry I have left a voicemail with several people at this office upon which I have provided them with both sides of this issue then entered the conclusion which was that they should not do the firing and for this reason we will expect the followup of them getting the job back. I have saved the day for these individuals. You are all welcome.


Well done; good work. I've been on the phone to NASA all day about the UFO sightings, so no need to worry there. Between the two of us, I'd say we've got all the important issues covered.

Oh, and I left a note for Congress, so they'll be getting their act together now, too.
 
2012-03-17 04:39:57 PM

Hector Remarkable: Well done; good work. I've been on the phone to NASA all day about the UFO sightings, so no need to worry there. Between the two of us, I'd say we've got all the important issues covered.

Oh, and I left a note for Congress, so they'll be getting their act together now, too.


A pat on the back for you. We are both making changes in the world. Yes you are making small ones while I am making large ones but the point is you are trying very hard and for this I appreciate the service you have provided.
 
2012-03-17 04:41:49 PM
Watch the video. The group was passively protesting against a new manager with a tanning complex. The exec who fired them is the new manager's husband.
 
2012-03-17 04:42:40 PM

meow said the dog: Hector Remarkable: Well done; good work. I've been on the phone to NASA all day about the UFO sightings, so no need to worry there. Between the two of us, I'd say we've got all the important issues covered.

Oh, and I left a note for Congress, so they'll be getting their act together now, too.

A pat on the back for you. We are both making changes in the world. Yes you are making small ones while I am making large ones but the point is you are trying very hard and for this I appreciate the service you have provided.


I could do nothing without you, M.s.t.D. Your determination and inspiration are quite literally holding our planet together.
 
2012-03-17 04:44:24 PM
As I understand it, green is associated with Irish Catholics, and orange with Irish Protestants, so there's a not-horrible argument that this is an illegal firing based on religious preference.
 
2012-03-17 04:45:28 PM

HowlingPook: Watch the video. The group was passively protesting against a new manager with a tanning complex. The exec who fired them is the new manager's husband.


How stupid was that biatch? To even mention the manager's "tanning complex" and literally say, "she's orange" and then try to claim that wearing an orange shirt, orange lipstick, and orange fingernails is for "happy hour."
 
2012-03-17 04:46:15 PM

Ed Grubermann: And anyone outside of Ireland would give a rat's ass about the color orange in what way? Here's a clue you thin-skinned dipshiats: Very few Americans even know what that means in regards to Ireland, and most of those that do don't care.


could someone do me a favor and finish this post? its missing information like what exactly orange means in Ireland.
 
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