18 workers from Bradley Coatings in Tennessee are crying foul after being fired for skipping work as part of the nationwide anti-Trump ‘Day Without Immigrants.’
According to News Cannel 5, the employees told their supervisors they would be skipping work to join the strike. Shortly after, they received termination notices.
“We are the team leaders directly under the supervisors and they informed us last night that we could not go back to work and the boss said we were fired,” said one employee.
Addressing his former boss, that employee – who reportedly wishes to remain anonymous – had the following to say.
“He was unfair, after working for them for so many years, gave him our best. They could not understand that it was just one day. We were going to make up that day on a Sunday, but they didn’t understand that, and it was not the best way. They didn’t give us an opportunity and just told us we were fired.”
An attorney for Bradley Coatings issued the following statement, which claims the employees were warned about their actions.
Bradley Coatings, Incorporated (BCI) is a family-owned, Nashville-based business that provides commercial painting services to its clients on a very demanding schedule. Established in 1986, BCI has always celebrated diversity and supported the immigrant community.
This past Wednesday night, certain employees of BCI informed their leadership that they would not be at work the following day. 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.
Chris Cannon, a Department of Labor and Workforce Development spokesperson, said the company’s actions are consistent with Tennessee labor laws.
“Tennessee is an employment-at-will state which basically means an employer can end your employment at any time without reason or cause,” he said to News Channel 5.
Elsewhere in the nation, workers participating in the strike were also fired from JVS Masonry in Denver, Colorado.
Owner Jim Serowski told KDVR, “I have no view on immigration laws or anything like that. All I know is I have a business to run.”