On Orange-Shirt Discrimination

April 7th, 2012 by JBWK

In another interesting discrimination scenario, a Florida law firm is facing national scrutiny for firing a group of 14 workers for….wearing orange shirts.

The firm thought the employees–who wore the orange shirts to match for their post-work happy hour–were involved in some sort of mass protest. They were all gathered and summarily fired, according to NBC Miami.

Like obesity discrimination, this one’s legal too (setting aside any potential unionization/organization issues). The employment-at-will doctrine allows employers to fire employees for any reason, even for wearing a shirt the employer doesn’t like. They can have a good reason, bad reason, false reason, or no reason, as long as it’s not a reason expressly prohibited by law (race, disability, gender, age, etc.).

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