Fan claims he was fired for wearing Broncos jersey to work

A Tacoma, Wash. teenager claims he was fired after wearing a Broncos jersey to work. After 17-year-old Nathaniel Wentz sported the Denver garb his bosses requested that he go home and change. Wentz never returned to work, and was fired a day later.

The young man professes to be a diehard fan, and that he didn’t agree with the store’s policy.

“It was all about you can’t. You can’t represent your team. There’s something wrong with that,” said Nathaniel.

These stories pop up from time to time, and this seems like some teen trying to make a stand over something trivial and inconsequential. Whatever the case, it generated a pretty good quote from one Seahawks fan.

“I think it’s crazy,” said Hawks fan Bernie Crump, as he waited in line outside Century Link Field to pick up his Super Bowl tickets. “We’re civilized here. It’s not like we live in Philadelphia!”

Shots fired!

[Thanks to b/r]

  • discojoe

    Seems like petty discrimination to me, but, if Washington is like Colorado, firing someone for wearing clothing that a boss doesn’t like is not illegal. Colorado is an “at-will” state when it comes to employment, meaning that, absent a contract with specifics, anyone can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all. I know this seems un-American, but it’s what happens when employers and companies hire the lobbyists who convince legislators to pass such laws. I would like to see a law that says the only consideration is job performance. But the fact is, the #1 reason for people getting fired is that someone in a position of authority doesn’t like them. (Variations on this theme include “Not a good fit,” and “We’re going a different direction.”) The employer in this story should have risen above the pettiness of dislike for an opposing team. But maybe the employee should have gone home and changed, as he was given the opportunity to do. For reasons stated above, it’s probably not a good idea to rile up your employer. even if you think you have the “right” to do so. This right is usually met with the “right” for the employer to terminate you. (Everything these days seems to be based on what each of us perceives to be our “rights,” and compromise is out of the question.) In the end, this is probably not a good company for which to work, or even to patronize, for that matter.