On Friday, March 16, fourteen people working at the Law Offices of Elizabeth Wellborn, P. A. in Deerfield Beach, Florida donned orange shirts that day. The reason, according to four workers, was to celebrate pay day. They all coordinated there shirts every weekend because they would go to a local tavern for happy hour after work.
On this day, an executive for the law firm determined that the fourteen workers were wearing the shirts to protest working conditions. One worker explained the happy hour connection. After a private discussion between the executives of the firm, the workers were fired anyway.
"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 Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinal. "I feel so violated."
Theories abound about why the workers were fired. One theory speaks of the Irish dislike (not necessarily hatred) of the color orange. Irish Protestants wear the color orange at gatherings and at parades whereas the Irish Catholics wear green. The white of the Irish flag (which is green, white, and orange) symbolizes the peace between these two factions, a peace that doesn't exist. So it's not that the Irish hate the color orange. It is simply that one would never wear it for fear of being branded a traitor. This is, however just a theory.
Florida is an at will employment state. That means that no reason is necessary to fire an employee, except that the reason cannot be illegal. The general consensus is that these fourteen workers, since they weren't protesting, had no recourse. It would have been illegal had they been protesting.
Or does it matter? They 14 workers may not have been protesting, but that doesn't change the fact the firm fired them for protesting. Perhaps you'd like to engage a legal debate with them about the matter. You can contact them here:
Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A.
350 Jim Moran Blvd, Suite 100
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442
Toll Free: 1-888-545-5585