More than 100 employees across the country were fired after participating in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest last week, NBC News reported.
Employees working at restaurants and day cares in New York, Florida, Tennessee and Oklahoma, among other states, were fired after they did not show up to work to participate in the demonstration.
The nationwide strike on Thursday was aimed at President Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees. About 20 employees were fired at Bradley Coatings Inc., in Nolensville, Tenn., after participating in the protest. NBC News reported a statement from the company’s attorney said the employees knew they were risking termination by participating in the protest.
"Regretfully, and consistent with its prior communication to all its employees, BCI had no choice but to terminate these individuals. The reason these employees missed work — to engage in peaceful demonstrations — had nothing to do with BCI's decision to terminate them,” attorney Robert Peal wrote in a statement.
Twenty-five workers at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers in Long Island, N.Y., were fired as well. There, police escorted the workers from the restaurant after they returned from the protests.
In a statement, the restaurant said employees were asked to find someone to fill their shift if they chose to participate in the event. The business also said that the owner dismissed several employees for pressuring colleagues to join the protest.
"While some employees opted to participate in the walkout, several others chose to work and, as a result, the leaders of the protest put pressure on the others to walk out, even threatening physical harm to colleagues choosing to work their shifts," John Zaher, a spokesman for the business, said in a statement.
"As it is Ben’s mission to provide a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees, company owner Ronnie Dragoon found this to be a cause for immediate dismissal of the employees who made the threats," the statement continued. "All other employees involved with the walkout were, and still are, invited to return to their positions with the company.”
Plans for the protest came after Trump signed a controversial executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. It also put a indefinite halt on refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the country and a temporary suspension of the entire refugee resettlement program.
A federal appeals court has since halted the order as a lawsuit against it proceeds. Trump has said he will issue a revised executive order this week.