by Katie Loehrke
Originally published: April 18, 2017
On February 16, employees across the country elected not to show up for work, choosing instead to be part of a nationwide protest to demonstrate the importance of immigrant workers in the United States. Some employers closed their doors that day in support of workers, but many remained open, some running leaner than they would have liked.
Unfortunately for some employers, this protest won’t be the last. An organizing group called Strike4Democracy indicates that it “anticipates strikes on May Day and heightening resistance throughout the summer.”
While many employees returned to their jobs following "a day without immigrants,” reports popped up across the country of workers who were fired for choosing the protest over their jobs. Many of those terminated employees are claiming that their dismissals were unfair, but were they illegal?