Seattle teen fired after wearing Broncos jersey to work


A Seattle teenager says he was fired after being sent home from work for wearing a Broncos jersey.

Nathaniel Wentz, 17, told KING 5 he wore a Broncos jersey to work on Sunday after his manager invited employees to wear jerseys on game day to show team spirit.

Apparently the manager meant employees could wear Seahawks jerseys, though, because Wentz was told to go home and change.

Wentz’s father, Randall, said he called the Odyssey 1 family entertainment center to try to talk to the owner, but when he didn’t get a call back, Nathaniel stayed home.

The next day, he found out he had been fired. He said technically he was fired for not returning to work, but a Seattle lawyer told KING 5 if the employer had wanted to fire Nathaniel for his jersey, he still could have, because employers have the right to restrict what you wear to work.

“It’s a petty move on the part of the employer,” Patrick Leo McGuigan of HKM Employment Attorneys said. “An employer has a common law right to terminate for no cause, good cause or a cause that’s morally wrong, as the courts like to point out.”

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