Word on the Street: What If You Were Wrongly Fired?

Word On the Street Following the controversy surrounding former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we took to the streets. We asked Black women out and about in the city: "How would you feel if you were wrongly fired from your job, and what would you do?" Here's what they had to say. Check it out!
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 22, 2010

1 of 8

Age: 30
Occupation: Learning and Development Coordinator
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“I’d feel bad. Depending on the circumstances, I’d probably take legal actions or whatever means or risks to get my job back.”

2 of 8

Age: 41
Occupation: Clerical Assistant
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“At this time, I would feel really hurt. I wouldn’t know where to turn. It would just be really hard because I’m already backed up on my bills.”

3 of 8

Age: 19
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“It would depend on why I was fired and how. I would probably bring it to the Department of Labor to handle the issue.”

4 of 8

Age: 22
Occupation: Building messenger
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“Oh, I think I would cry; I’d just be in shock. But, I would want to be justified and would take it to the Better Business Bureau and argue.”

5 of 8

Age: 23
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“I’d be pretty upset. I don’t know what I would do.”

6 of 8

Age: 53
Occupation: Executive Assistant
Hometown: Bronx, NY

“If I was wrongly fired from my job, I would try to prove my innocence and if it were offered back, I’d definitely have to think about it. I would ask the reasons why from my bosses. I thank God I haven’t been in that situation before.”

7 of 8

Age: 31
Occupation: Account Receivable Coordinator
Hometown: Bronx, NY

“I’d find out my rights and then just pursue it with everything that I have. I’d want some kind of compensation for all of those weeks or months or however long I would unjustly be without my job.”

8 of 8

Age: 26
Occupation: Receptionist
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

“I’d be pretty upset and I’d try to fight it—just calling all the right people to figure out why I was wrongly fired. I’d want justice.”


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