Most of the above posters are both [snip].
You have a right to your own political views.
You made a reasonable offer to the employer, to remove the sickers or use another car. This is an important legal point, acting in good faith to
resolve the dispute.
I would sue the employer, claiming both economic damage, for you gave up another job opportunity to take their job, and emotional damage, being
embarrassed and fired for your personal political opinions.
The law on if the employer can fire you will vary from state to state. Your millage may vary. In a lot of states employers can fire you at will.
What may make a legal fulcrum is the employment contract. It is likely that some of the papers you signed in the morning as an agreement regarding
employment and employment conditions. For example if one of the papers defined how many days holiday you get, or if you must keep client information
confidential. Such a document would be conditions of employment. It is quite likely that the conditions define what notice you must give the
employer before quiting or taking personal time off. This would be a contract between you and the employer. If the contract does not give them the
right to fire you without cause then you may be able to go to court to enforce the terms of the contract.
So you have three things you can go after them for:
First: Economic damage, the costs to you of taking that job, and the loss of any income that you might have made in an alternative job. Also the
costs involved in filing for unemployment after termination. Plus the missing wages in the gap between being fired and when unemployment kicks in.
(In Florida that is one week)
Second: Emotional damage. Embarrassment, the method of termination, the way the staff made your bumper sticker a big deal in front of other
Third: If there is a semblance of an employment contract, you may have more leverage if they have not used the method and terms of termination used
in the contract.
Forth: You may have employment rights in your state. See a specialist employment lawyer in your state.
I think the LAST two have legal teath and the first two are a lot weaker.
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[edit on 5-14-2008 by worldwatcher]