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.