Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ho Hum. So a Law Firm Fired 14 Workers for Wearing Orange Shirts.



Who is Elizabeth R. Wellborn and why did her Deerfield Beach law firm fire 14 workers for wearing orange shirts?
Four workers tell the story this way: For the past few months, some employees have worn orange shirts on pay-day Fridays so they'd look like a group when they went out for happy hour.

This Friday, 14 workers wearing orange shirts were called into a conference room, where an executive said he understood there was a protest involving orange, the employees were wearing orange, and they all were fired.





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.

The executives conferred outside the room, returned and upheld the decision: all fired, said Lou Erik Ambert, 31, of Coconut Creek, a litigation para-legal who said he was terminated.

"There is no office policy against wearing orange shirts. We had no warning. We got no severance, no package, no nothing," said Ambert. "I feel so violated."
From her website she appears to be doing a lot of foreclosure work for banks:
We are proud to represent institutional and private lenders in the reclamation of titled assets. We maintain attorneys who are well versed in replevin, attachment and foreclosure. In fact, the foreclosure department represents the lender in the reacquisition of real estate assets, resale of those assets in it's "REO" department and pursues deficiency judgments in effort to make our clients whole.
So now maybe she will have more "reclamation of titled assets" work:
"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.
And your point is?  This is an at-will state -- you want protection, get a dog (I'm trying to channel my inner fiscal conservative).

7 comments:

  1. Everyone knows that orange is just one shade from RED! Workers unite!

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  2. Assuming the employees' conduct was a concerted action in an effort to obtain better working conditions, that may be a violation of the National Labor Relations Act

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  3. Orange you glad you don't work at that firm?

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  4. I was really and truly shocked to learn that this firm is a foreclosure mill.

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  5. My previous job had problems with cliques at work. A group of employees called themselves the "Kool Kids" and would deliberately make happy hour or lunch plans in front of someone who was not invited. As a result, the morale in the office was low and the turnover was high. I can't help but wonder if the same thing was happening here. Couldn't the group recognize their co-workers's faces at the happy hour? Why did they have to wear the same color shirt?

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  6. Sounds like a firm in dire financial shape that figured out an easy way to cut the payroll. Look at it this way, these 14 may not have their brains turn to drool.

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