Bill McNally, owner of "I Don't Care Bar and Grill" in Catoosa, Oklahoma, said his 12 line cooks gave him no heads up that they planned to participate in the day of action called "A Day Without Immigrants". He says they didn't even call to say they were not coming in. Consequently, he said they were fired just like anyone else who's a no-show for work.
Six of the fired Hispanic immigrant workers said they felt they had been unfairly terminated. They wanted to stand in solidarity with other immigrants but they did not think it would cost them their jobs.
Under US labor law, workers can be fired with no warning and no reason given.
McNally also insisted it had nothing to do with politics. Had he known about the protests he said he would have closed the restaurant in solidarity. Why fire them, then?" They just forgot about the 50 other people who work here," he said. "If the cooks don't show up then servers don't have jobs and customers can't eat."
So what do you think? Was the owner right?