More than 100 people across the U.S. were fired after skipping work to participate in the "Day Without Immigrants" protests last week.
NBC News reports that at Bradley Coatings, a Tennessee commercial painting company, 18 people were fired at once. Company attorney Robert Peal said the company had warned the employees they would be fired if they skipped work.
"The reason these employees missed work -- to engage in peaceful demonstrations -- had nothing to do with BCI's decision to terminate them," Peal said.
In Long Island, New York, 25 people were fired Friday from Ben's Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers. Telemundo 47 reports many were undocumented but had worked there for years.
Our partner at KTUL reports 12 people were fired from I Don't Care Bar & Grill in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The owner of Brownie's Hamburgers offered all of them jobs at his restaurant.
Employers who fired protesters had some supporters.
It looks like a bunch of people that participated in "a day without immigrants" are now enjoying "a few weeks of 'are yall hiring?'"— Amiri King (@AmiriKing) February 19, 2017
Others weren't exactly surprised by the results.
But others argued they were essential to their businesses' survival.