By uhmwow - 25/10/2016 00:50
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And this is why I'm glad I'm union, so stupid shit like this can't happen. Sorry, OP.
"The other members of your union shop would surely demonstrate the long-held and well-documented labor union policy of free and independent political discourse and so would fully support and celebrate your taking a day off to attend a Trump rally", the thought bubble above my head does not read.
You shouldn't be able to be fired because of your political views... even if it was your coworker that said them. Talk to HR.
It doesn't really matter where the coworker said OP went on their day off. The point is that the boss thinks OP lied about being out sick. If OP has a doctors note, a recent prescription for a short term illness or any other proof they were actually sick- they can easily get this turned around. But without proof, it's OP's word against the coworker's. I was in OP's situation once (except that my dickbag of a coworker claimed they saw me at the movies, not a rally). The only thing that saved my job was the fact that I still had a copay receipt from my doctor's office, dated the same day I was allegedly out goofing off at the theater.
That's really illegal, regardless of whether or not you actually went to the Trump rally. You can't be fired for political affiliations, real or perceived. Contact an employment lawyer ASAP.
Well, I can see all the wrongful terminations stuff in the comments. But OP could have been fired because the boss thought OP was lying about being sick when OP was really at the trump rally (according to coworker). And was actually sick, either way. Get proof