As numerous restaurant employees were given leave on Thursday to march in “A Day Without Immigrants” protests, others returned to their posts Friday to discover that they were out of a job.
Across the U.S. employers fired hundreds of protesters who skipped work to participate in rallies.
Eighteen employees at Bradley Coatings, a company specializing in industrial coatings, were let go after not showing up for work, according to an NBC affiliate. The company noted in a statement that the employees were not terminated for attending the protests but for being absent.
“This past Wednesday night, certain employees of BCI informed their leadership that they would not be at work the following day,” the company said in a statement. “Because of the time-sensitive nature of the jobs these employees were assigned to, all employees were told that they would need to show up for work or they would be terminated. On Thursday, the majority of BCI’s employees fulfilled their obligations to our clients, but eighteen employees did not. Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals.”
Twenty-one people were fired for missing work at Encore Boat Builders in Lexington, South Carolina. At least 31 workers were let go from Colorado-based JVS Masonry for not showing up Thursday. A dozen employees at I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Oklahoma were also fired for not notifying their employer that they would be taking the day off.
Twenty-five workers at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant and Caterers in Long Island, New York were fired, according to Telemundo 47.
In a statement to CNBC, the restaurant disputed the claim, noting in a statement that the employers let workers go who were threatening other employees who had opted not to walk out.
People took to Twitter in the following days to comment about the series of firings.