This was one easy way for employers to filter out their un-needed employees. The original protest name is misguiding, however. If their objective was to protest Trump’s immigration policy, they should have named it ‘A Day Without ILLEGAL Immigrants’. There is a big difference.
While “A Day Without Immigrants,” intended to show the country how much we need immigrants, some employers felt that their businesses could operate just fine without them.
Bradley Coatings, Incorporated, located in Tennessee, fired 18 employees after they didn’t show up for work on Thursday. One employee told WTVF that his termination was “unfair,” and didn’t understand why they weren’t “given an opportunity,” after calling out of work less than 24 hours in advance. He said:
“I would tell him 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.”
In a released statement, the company’s attorney claimed their termination had nothing to do with their decision to “peacefully demonstrate,” but had everything to do with their decision not to fulfill their obligations. The statement said:
“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 … Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals.”
A few states away, in Florida, a daycare was forced to close after so many employees failed to show up for work.