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Staffers at Florida Mortgage Law Firm Say They Were Fired for Wearing Orange

Posted Mar 19, 2012 7:16 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Staffers at a Florida law firm who wear orange shirts on payday say they were fired because of their color choice.

Four staffers told the Sun Sentinel that 14 employees lost their jobs at the firm of Elizabeth R. Wellborn after management concluded the orange shirts were a form of protest.

The employees say they explained the reason for the shirts: They wear orange on Friday paydays because they all go out for drinks and want to look like a group. Management conferred after hearing the explanation, but fired the employees anyway, the four staffers told the Sun Sentinel.

The law firm’s website says it represents mortgage lenders, servicers and private investors. A spokeswoman refused to comment when contacted by the Sun Sentinel.

Before her ouster, Janice Doble, 50, of Sunrise, had supervised people who copied, scanned and mailed documents for the law firm. "Orange happens to be my favorite color. My patio is orange," Doble told the newspaper. "My lipstick was orange today." Now she’s worried for her four children who work at the law firm.

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