Monday, March 19, 2012

"Orange Shirt Day" Gets 14 Law Firm Employees Fired

The average American workplace is in many instances rapidly becoming a living hell, even for those still fortunate enough to have their jobs. Don't believe it? Well, then I invite you to check out this story from the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel:
Were they wearing orange shirts on Friday to protest management? Or to get psyched for happy hour?

Either way, orange-shirted workers no longer have jobs at the Deerfield Beach law firm of Elizabeth R. Wellborn P.A.

A spokeswoman said the law firm had "no comment at this time."

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."

Meloney McLeod, 39, of North Lauderdale, said her choice of shirt puts her in a tough spot: "I'm a single mom with four kids, and I'm out of a job just because I wore orange today."

Janice Doble, 50, of Sunrise,said she wore orange Friday because she was looking forward to happy hour with colleagues after a busy work week.

"Orange happens to be my favorite color. My patio is orange," said Doble. "My lipstick was orange today." She said she supervised 12 people who scanned, copied and mailed documents for the firm.

Now she's worried for relatives employed at the law firm. "I have four kids who work there," said Doble. "I don't want them to retaliate and fire my kids."

Yadel Fong, 21, of Miami, wonders where he'll find work after losing his job in the mail room. He was not aware of anyone in the group involved in a protest.

"To my mind, protesting is where you put your foot down, and you're not working. There was none of that today," said Fong, who said he was working and looking forward to happy hour.
Of course, no business would ever take such an arbitrary action if we were still close to full employment and there weren't thousands of unemployed people who will line up to take the place of those fired. The sad part is that these workers are easily replaceable, and you can bet that those who end up taking their jobs as well as those who were not fired this time around will be even more docile and compliant in the future. It would be nice if clients of this asshole law firm upon reading this story would pull their business, but I wouldn't bet on that happening.

Of course, Florida is a "Right to Work" state, which in reality means a state where you have a right to get fired for any flimsy ass wearing an orange shirt to work.

Bonus: "I get up at seven, yeah...and I go to work at nine...I got no time for livin'...Yes, I'm workin' all the time"


  1. For wearing orange? I'm thinking this is a crappy law firm that needed to lay off people and wanted to still look vigorous and fiscally sound so they opted for this asshole tactic!

    All the jobs are getting worse, though- I mentioned my ridiculous situation a while back....they decided that putting us in the ER would allow us access to charts/doctors so we would catch discrepancies that would hinder payment.

    Thing is, there was no place to put us, so they found a freaking closet in front of the doctor's lounge. It's like the guy in office space who was put in the basement with the can of bug spray! And to add insult to injury there's a damn bathroom in the lounge so essentially I'm in the antechamber of a bathroom! And they have a code they punch to get in there! It's like George on Seinfeld with the off limits executive bathroom. One of the doctors knows how mad it makes me and was going to tell me the code but I won't have it! I will never pee in there. I'm not a traitor to the proletariat! I may start wearing orange, too and perhaps will have sex with the cleaning lady.

  2. THE POINT IS: You dress professionally in the work place. Orange polo shirts (especially on women) are NOT professional attire especially in a law firm - no matter what your 'rank'. You want to dress so that you don't get lost going to a bar after work....then CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES AFTER WORK.

    1. Spoke like a true overlord. Guess you've never heard of "casual Fridays."

    2. More like a true prole.

    3. My apologies--didn't catch on to the sarcasm. :)

    4. Not only spoken like a true overload, spoken like a true misogynist! No orange polo shirts...especially on women? What makes orange polo shirts more of a violation when worn by women rather than men?

  3. I have the power to lay you off with a single thought!

    ~Jeff Vader

  4. According to, this place is a foreclosure mill.

  5. Unsurprisingly, it's a foreclosure firm. What would you expect from people who are getting rich kicking people to the street?

  6. I would think that they have a decent wrongful dismissal case. But given the way Florida's courts worked with the mortgage mess I wouldn't bet on it.