Irony in wearing the color orange.

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Irony in wearing the color orange.

A group of employees all wore the color orange to work on Friday because it was payday and they were going to happy hour. Instead, they were fired.

There and in other so-called ?at will? employment states,you can be fired for any legal reason, as 14 employees of the Elizabeth R. Wellborn law firm in Deerfield Beach found out when they wore orange shirts to work on Friday.

Some of the group contend they had established a custom of wearing orange shirts on pay-day Fridays, to promote a feeling of togetherness when they would go out as a group for drinks.

But in Florida, the reason for their fashion statement hardly matters: You can legally be fir.ed for wearing orange as a prelude to happy hour. You can legally be fired for wearing orange in protest.

If an employer fires somebody because he doesn?t like their orange shirt, that would be legal. An exception: If the wearing of the shirt was to protest working conditions, then such protest would be protected under federal law.

Do you think the firing was fair? Fashion sense aside, should employees be able to coordinate to an extent if they have plans after work? Say, if they were going to a Dolphins game after work.

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Were they warned not to do it again because they had done it before or something? I don't see how they could fire them if they didn't know it was against the rules. Seems kind of strange.

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If the orange shirts would otherwise be within the law firm's dress code, I don't see how they can claim it's "legal" to fire the employees for wearing them. Especially if there's a precedent of allowing it as the employees claim. Sounds to me like maybe some manager got a bug up his behind from not being including in the after-hours bingeing.

Now if there was a memo to everyone that said, "The orange shirts are becoming a distraction. The dress code is being modified. Orange shirts on pay-day Fridays will no longer be allowed," and everyone still wore orange shirts, then I'd be OK with firing them since they violated the dress code and had been warned.

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According to the article they had never been warned before nor given a warning this time.

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My workplace is business casual, but if a bunch of employees had tickets to a playoff hockey game or a big football game, hellz ya they'd all be wearing their jerseys and they'd be admired for their fan loyalty.

That said, some employers come up with the stupidest dress codes, and as long as none of them are discriminatory or just plain ol break a few laws, they can make whatever rules they want, no matter how ridiculous the rules are.

I think the employees might have a case for wrongful dismissal, as long as they weren't blatantly breaking well-known office rules.

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Since what is presented doesn't show a warning about the shirts I think they should fight for wrongful termination. It really does sound like a case of sour grapes for someone else in the office.

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That's terrible. Termination-at-will is terrible and should be illegal.

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Living in TN it is very common to see people wearing orange all the time. It seems weird that they would be fired without a warning.

That said, I think a company should be able to hire/fire whoever they see fit (with the exception of discrimination).

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

Do you think the firing was fair? Fashion sense aside, should employees be able to coordinate to an extent if they have plans after work? Say, if they were going to a Dolphins game after work.

GO DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!! That's all I got.

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I don't think it was "fair" especially without warning ahead of time. However, it was a law firm so it does seem odd that a group of people wearing orange shirts (assuming they were casual since it would be hard to find that many dressy orange shirts) would fall within acceptable dress code. If the firm is able to fire so many employees for something (seemingly) minor and without warning, I would tend to think they are rather douchey, maybe fight for some severance pay and then count myself lucky to move on to a better job. (Though obviously that's not a guarantee in this economy). I live in an at-will employment state, so I would say idiocy like this probably phases me less than others and I don't think it's worth a legal battle. It seems preferable to stir up some negative publicity for the company by sharing the story and letting the public decide where to spend their money.

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I just think that there is way more to the story.

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There has to be more to the story. If this is it and they were never warned before, then I think they should go after wrongful termination.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I just think that there is way more to the story.

Totally.

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"Spacers" wrote:

If the orange shirts would otherwise be within the law firm's dress code, I don't see how they can claim it's "legal" to fire the employees for wearing them. Especially if there's a precedent of allowing it as the employees claim. Sounds to me like maybe some manager got a bug up his behind from not being including in the after-hours bingeing.

Now if there was a memo to everyone that said, "The orange shirts are becoming a distraction. The dress code is being modified. Orange shirts on pay-day Fridays will no longer be allowed," and everyone still wore orange shirts, then I'd be OK with firing them since they violated the dress code and had been warned.

This. It's because of things like this happening that I really hate the "right to work" law that so many states (including mine) have. I was fired from my last job (along with the other two hostesses at that resort) because the woman who replaced my boss wanted to bring in her own team. She and the HR rep lied to the three of us and told us that our positions were being illiminated, but when we went to pick up our final checks there were new girls sitting at our desks being trained for our positions. I had been with the company for over two years, never been late once, never called in sick, no disciplines of any kind on file, and yet because of that rule they were able to just fire me on the spot. It's sad...