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Packers fans are not a protected category, are they?


Sometimes you just can’t make these things up.

It seems that a Chicago car salesman named Stone was fired for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work the day after the Packers beat the Bears in the NFC Championship game.   Stone said he wore the tie at on Monday in part to honor his 91-year-old grandmother, a Packers fan who died this month.  Stone said that when he showed up at work, general manager Jerry Roberts called him over to his office and told him he would be fired if he didn’t take off his tie. Stone said he thought Roberts was joking and went back to work.

An hour later, Stone said, Roberts came to the showroom floor and again demanded he take off the tie. When he didn’t, he was fired.  “I didn’t know you could get fired for wearing a tie,” Stone said.  The general manager later confirmed the reason for the termination on TV.  He said the dealership had previously done promotions involving the Chicago Bears. “I don’t feel that it was appropriate for him to go directly in contrast with an advertising campaign that we spent a lot of money on,” Roberts told a reporter.  But Stone said Roberts’ reasons for firing him were never made clear to him, nor did he get a chance to explain the tie’s emotional significance.

Roberts told WGN-Ch. 9 that he didn’t know that Stone’s grandmother was a Packers fan (like that would have made any difference).

In my experience, being a Packers’ fan is very much like being part of a religious cult, so maybe Stone can sue for religious discrimination?  Or perhaps its really a mental disability?  (Sorry Packers’ fans).

Hat Tip:  Workplace Prof Blog

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