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FL law firm fires 14 employees because they all wore orange

From The Department of Because They Can! Orlando Sentinel:

Four workers tell the story this way: For the past few months, some employees have worn orange shirts on pay-day Fridays so they'd look like a group when they went out for happy hour.

This Friday, 14 workers wearing orange shirts were called into a conference room, where an executive said he understood there was a protest involving orange, the employees were wearing orange, and they all were fired.

The really increasingly excellent Yahoo News gives more detail:

Orange is widely considered to be one of the most visible colors to the human eye. Orange vests are worn by most hunters as a safety precaution and by school crossing guards. Most prisoners are required to wear orange jump suits.

The color orange is arguably Florida's defining color. The self-described "Sunshine State" is widely known for its orange juice exports.

The law offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. [the site is down at of Monday at 4:47PM] offered "no comment" to Sun-Sentinel reporter Doreen Hemlock, but four ex-employees tell the paper they were simply wearing their orange shirts to celebrate "pay day" and the upcoming Friday group happy hour.

"There is no office policy against wearing orange shirts. We had no warning. We got no severance, no package, no nothing," Lou Erik Ambert told the paper. "I feel so violated."

Ironically, had the employees been wearing orange as a form of protest, it would have been illegal to fire them, ABC News reports.

After the 14 employees were fired, an executive said anyone wearing orange for an "innocent reason" should speak up. At least one employee immediately denied any involvement or knowledge of a protest and explained the happy hour color coordination. Nonetheless, they were still fired.

"I'm a single mom with four kids, and I'm out of a job just because I wore orange today," Meloney McLeod told the paper.

And there's really nothing anyone can do about the terminations since Florida is an at-will state.

Another hell in Florida. Eesh.

NOTE This post is interesting; it details one guy's foreclosure. Wellborn (search the page) makes a brief appearance, allegedly allegedly allegedly Wellborn had “friends at the courthouse” who would “speed your eviction." Is that normal practice? The poster claims this material is on Wellborn's website but, alas, her website is throwing an Error 503 right now (5:01PM). Now, to be fair, I checked without result, so she's not a Stern-level bad actor. Still, interesting, no?

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Submitted by hipparchia on

does the blogger perhaps mean this paragraph?

Our Post-Sale and Eviction Departments manage the steps necessary to move a foreclosed property, occupied or not, out onto the market. Judgments prepared by our firm contain a provision directing the Clerk of Court to issue a writ of possession upon application of Plaintiff and without subsequent order of the court. In order to expedite the process, judgments prepared by other counsel, if need be, are corrected by our firm to reflect same. Our firm immediately notifies the servicer of the scheduled eviction and lockout date for all matters. Most notably, our Eviction Department has established key relationships with a network of attorneys that, collectively, expedite processes and keep costs as low as possible.

further down that same page, there's this:

Loss Mitigation
Elizabeth Wellborn, PA has a team of professionals that are educated on the latest Loss Mitigation programs. This department assists our clients in providing alternatives to foreclosure; promoting home retention and protecting the interest of our clients. We work within the guidelines provided by each servicer to promote all available options.

Any borrower that wishes to discuss their options should contact our loss Mitigation Department at 954-354-3544 or email to

i suppose if you were about to lose your house you'd want a law firm that had proven bona fides as a bunch of sharks, but still...