Chicago Man Fired for Wearing Packers Tie at Work
John Stone, a 34-year-old father of two, used to work at a Chevrolet dealership in a Chicago suburb. However, his employment came to a shocking end yesterday when he was fired for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work the day after the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game.
Stone stated that he wore the tie to honor his deceased grandmother, who was a Packer fan. However, his boss felt that Stone’s betrayal of his local team might be bad for business. Instead of asking him to remove the tie, which would have been a perfectly reasonable request, he fired Stone for his fashion faux pas.
Fortunately, Stone was quickly hired by another Chevrolet dealership in a neighboring suburban town. It appears that not all dealerships feel that the expression of support for a rival football team makes a person unemployable.
Since Stone got a comparable job immediately following his unfair dismissal, it is unlikely that he will file a personal injury lawsuit against his former employer. After all, it will be difficult for him to show damages since he was only unemployed for one day. However, that does not excuse the conduct of his former employer.
If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. An experienced employment law attorney can help ensure your rights are fully protected.