Fired for wearing orange shirts and Goldman Sach's rip off
14 employees in a law firm in Florida were fired for the heinous crime of, get ready, wearing orange shirts. Yes, wearing orange shirts. Seems the sharp legal minds at the Elizabeth Wellborn law firm fired them because they believed the workers were taking some kind protest. They weren't, but ironically if they were, that would have been legally protected under Florida law. That means the lawyers who run this law firm didn't even know that they couldn't fire someone for protest in the state of Florida.
But since, they weren't actually protesting anything, the firing is legal. Now, maybe the firing should be legal, but it shows what jerks many employers are, in fact. These workers, some with probably years of loyalty to this company, were just wearing these shirts as a symbol of togetherness when they go out for drinks after work.
Would you want to work for this firm? Of course not. Would you hire these lawyers, who don't even know the law? Of course not. The fact is, employers have too much power and leverage in society. They can act like giant bullies and get away with it. This is one of the reasons why we need a stronger labor movement in the United States.
Oh by the way, the investment banking firm, Goldman Sach's (according to former employee Greg Smith) sells stocks and investment securities to investors it knows to be drivel. Mr. Smith said that a few of the ways to get ahead at Goldman Sach's included:
"a) Execute on the firm's "axes," which is Goldman-speak for persuading your clients to invest in the stocks or other products that we are trying to get rid of because they are not seen as having a lot of potential profit.
b) "Hunt Elephants." In English: Get your clients some of whom are sophisticated, and some of whom aren't to trade whatever will bring the biggest profit to Goldman. Call me old-fashioned, but I don't like selling my clients a product that is wrong for them."
As you might already know, the CEO of the firm got a cool $13 million a year in 2010, while the company was cutting jobs. The fact is, the rick and wealthy elite make a lot of money no matter if the economy or their company is doing well, or not.