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Wet Seal is closing more than 300 stores and laying off thousands, but the company still took the time to fire those employees in Seattle whose boycott via a handwritten poster in the store window went viral. The brand fired three employees at the store, who were getting laid off anyway.
"I didn't know someone could be fired after being laid off. I wanted to see it through to the end. I wanted to finish it out. I had that taken away from me," store manager Andrea Friesner told the Seattle Times. Friesner said that she never realized the protest would get so much exposure, and that her Wet Seal district director told her that the sign was inappropriate and unprofessional. Friesner said: "I get what we do is sell T-shirts. People are laid off every day. I'm not special. I understand that. I get that, legally, they can do this. It doesn't make it right."
· The Wet Seal Employees Who Protested Lay-Offs All Got Fired [Jezebel]
· Wet Seal workers fired for protesting terms of layoff [Seattle Times]
· Wet Seal Is Closing 300+ Stores and Laying Off Thousands [Racked]