A dozen staff at a Catoosa restaurant are with out a job right now after getting fired for skipping work as a present of help for “A Day Without Immigrants.”
The restaurant staff are all Hispanic they usually say it was essential to them to take part within the nationwide protest.
But they didn’t assume it might price them their jobs.
“They feel like they’ve been unfairly terminated,” mentioned a good friend, translating for the staff.
The group labored at “I Don’t Care” Bar and Grill in Catoosa. They talked to us after they had been fired for not displaying as much as work. They requested us to not present their faces or give their names.
“(They’ve) been working there for almost two years since the restaurant opened,” mentioned the good friend.
The group willingly selected to remain house with others throughout the nation supporting “A Day Without Immigrants.”
“(They’re) upset they stood for something they felt was necessary so the community would stand together, and they got terminated for that,” mentioned the good friend,
The six are part of a bunch of 12 kitchen employees let go.
The proprietor fired them by textual content message.
A message to one of many workers reads: “You and your family are fired. I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.”
“That was their way to show they are needed in the community,” mentioned the good friend.
Restaurant proprietor Bill McNally gave us a written assertion, saying he has a “zero tolerance policy for no show/no call incidents and the 12 employees violated that policy.”
Despite the shock of being fired, the staff say they aren’t mad they usually anticipated a attainable reprimand however they weren’t relying on getting canned.
“They feel like he could’ve done something for them since they’d been working for him,” mentioned the good friend.
Friday in a Facebook submit the restaurant was purchasing for alternative staff.
In the meantime, this group says the’re transferring on to different jobs, taking their stance with them.
“Immigrants are important to the nation,” mentioned the good friend.
The group says they’ve by no means had an issue with the proprietor up to now and need him one of the best.
But they are saying they are going to proceed to face collectively sooner or later.
The proprietor did share with us he’s fired different workers over the previous two years for violating the his “no call/no show” coverage.