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Supporters of immigrants' rights march in downtown Washington during an immigration protest Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Washington. Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school Thursday to demonstrate how important they are to America's economy, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called A Day Without Immigrants. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

More than 100 people got fired after skipping work for 'A Day Without Immigrants' protests


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. 

More than 100 people got fired after skipping work for 'A Day Without Immigrants' protests

WATCH | The "Day Without Immigrants" protested President Trump's travel ban, border wall and other policies viewed as anti-immigrant.

Employers who fired protesters had some supporters.

Others weren't exactly surprised by the results.

But others argued they were essential to their businesses' survival.

Did people deserve to be fired for skipping work to join a protest?

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