Immigrant Workers Are Stunned When They’re Fired After Skipping Work For Protest

Immigrant Workers Are Stunned When They’re Fired After Skipping Work For Protest

Imagine a world in which you are forced to get up every day and go to work to earn a paycheck. Imagine further that in this world, failure to have a really good excuse to not attend work results in your termination.

Well folks, some of you need to hold on to your seats because I’m about to deliver some harsh news.

That is the world we live in.

(PHOTO: REUTERS/Theopolis Waters)

Despite this common knowledge (or what I had believed to be so), 20 immigrant workers were shocked to find out that their jobs were not longer their jobs.

The former employees of EZ Industrial Solutions LLC, a Detroit-based auto parts maker, say that they were wrongfully fired, which would almost be believable had management not told them that there would be consequences for missing work without permission.

Believe it or not, cupcakes, there is no law that says businesses have to schedule your shifts around your desire to protest. There’s not even an unspoken agreement surrounding the topic.

However, this isn’t going to stop them from taking their complaints to federal labor regulators.

The company says that they were well within their rights to fire the employees for playing hooky.

“The law is quite clear that employees can’t just not show up to work when they’re expected, and also that they are not free to participate in political, non-work related protests during their work day without consequences. We therefore deny any wrongdoing and are confident that the charge will be dismissed.”

The lawyer who is representative of the “aggrieved” employees says that the business shouldn’t have fired the employees.

“Workers wouldn’t be punished for not calling in, because they don’t have to do that anyway. The employer never cared. You could not go in for three days.”

Naturally, the company disagreed that this was their policy, but could not comment further due to the impending litigation.

So, who do you side with, the company or the immigrants?

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