Matching orange shirts get workers fired

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/21/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )




Forget about seeing red. Managers at a Florida law firm reportedly saw orange and fired everyone wearing the color.

A group of 14 workers were handed pink slips because they all wore orange shirts to work last Friday, according to a story in the Sun Sentinel this weekend. The law firm isn’t commenting on the mass firing, but some employees are claiming they were fired for the innocent act of just wanting to match their outfits.

This workplace color clash opens the question of whether workers have any legal rights when they're canned or demoted for their fashion choices.

Ok - what is it with colour all of a sudden?? What? Now you can't partake in an Employee "fun" day and all wear Orange? This is a Law firm to boot. I would hope some or all of these former employee's are looking into their right to "freedom of expression" and get a nice hefty lawsuit happening...

What do you think? Is this unreal or acceptable? Did the Law Firm have an acceptable reason of it seeming like a "protest" from employee's?

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Johnny - posted on 03/21/2012




What's with all these lovely sunshine filled vacation destinations and their ridiculous, abusive laws? Do they write these to make sure not to many people move there?

I'd like to hope there is more to this story. But regardless, "right to work" laws (talk about Orwellian doublespeak) are incredibly archaic and dangerous. It seems to me that if you can fire a hard working, dedicated, successful employee for having a nose you don't like, that wouldn't be good for employees or business success. Human beings can be irrational assholes, worker legislation should be designed to protect our economies and ourselves from the jackass boss.

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Florida, like most states, allows people to be fired for any reason (so long as it's not protected) or for no reason. So they have no legal status to dispute it. However, it certainly will be bad, bad publicity for the firm. I hope it costs them clients.

I would say this type of BS is typical in law firms, though. I know partners at a law firm I worked at didn't like women wearing pants, etc. One partner voted not to hire a woman because she wore a pink suit to her post-summer internship interview (after working there all summer).

I did see one comment online that pointed out the fact that the group was supposed to be going out for Happy Hour that night and wore the colors so they would match. Considering that that weekend was St. Patrick's Day, and orange is the color of the Orangemen (AKA Protestants in Ireland), I do wonder if there is maybe more to the story than we know about.

Tracey - posted on 03/22/2012




If the outfits are so offensive why not give them warnings, send them home to change and dock their pay for however long this took. Don't see why an employer would sack this many good workers for something this as silly as a shirt.

Sally - posted on 03/21/2012




Haven't read comments yet but got to say i feel theres more to this than orange shirts. Doesn't sit right.

Krista - posted on 03/21/2012




I've heard a lot of conflicting stories about that case, and real information is hard to come by. Some are saying that the employees were wearing orange to mock their new manager, who is heavily fake-tanned. It definitely seems to be a he said/she said situation, but I WILL say that I don't approve of Florida employment laws, which allow you to fire someone for any damn reason you want, as long as the reason doesn't break any laws (so you can't fire someone for being black, for example, but you CAN fire them because you just don't like their face.) If the state had laws telling employers that they can only fire for just cause, then you wouldn't see situations like this -- or if they had been fired, there would be a hell of a lot more documentation behind it, and the employees would have received formal warnings.


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MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/22/2012




Emma - it was a Friday, they must have had a "casual" dress day, as most professional places do on Friday's. At my place of work we at times do the whole bar scene directly after work (pub crawl) and all wear our "Work Logo" shirts. We represent our Company (yeah not very smart really, when you get some real obnoxious drinkers!!). Although, I can understand why they were all wearing the same colour when they were going on a Pub crawl, directly after...

Although, I am unsure of why they couldn't have brought another shirt and changed directly after work, perhaps they had no idea it would be an issue? I dunno. As it has been stated, not enough info, really. Other than Florida has another silly ass law, "fire at will"... At least I know where to NEVER move to. ;)

Janice - posted on 03/21/2012




They fired 14 employees. That is a lot at one time. I agree that something just doesnt seem right.

Stifler's - posted on 03/21/2012




Maybe they were dressed trashily. It says they were planning to go to happy hour after work in all the same colour. Who wears their work clothes out for drinks?!

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/21/2012




Florida, among other states, is an at-will work state and that means employers can pretty much fire you for whatever reason, except when it comes to discriminating against a particular group.

I don't think there was a dress-code per se, since the Law Firm didn't have any comments, I can only assume that if there had been a contract, they would've been more than happy to state that for their reasoning.

Jodi - posted on 03/21/2012




Depends, did this law firm have a strict dress code that was in writing? If so, did the orange shirts in question go against said dress code? If the answer is yes again...then fire away. If not...WTF?

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/21/2012





pffft. that's crazy IMO... I mean unless they are dressing trashy or way under-dressed, I don't see the issue.

I am very happy that where I work, it is explained that Mon-Thurs is work-dress and Fri is casual (no ripped jeans/shorst, no mini-anything and no flip-flops). I find it very easy to understand and conform too.

User - posted on 03/21/2012




At the law firm where my husband works, an employee was asked to dress more conservatively, because her dress didn't match with the image they wanted to project to the clients.

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