More than 100 people were fired from their jobs last week after skipping work to participate in a nationwide walkout protesting President Donald Trump's immigration reforms.
The 'Day Without Immigrants' demonstration on Feb. 16 left restaurants, stores, construction sites and day cares unstaffed or understaffed without their immigrant workers from Latino and Middle Eastern nations, showcasing the impact immigrants have on the economy.
Some businesses closed in support of their immigrant employees; others warned anyone who skipped work for the protest would be fired, and are now standing by their decisions.
Owner Bill McNally of the I Don't Care Bar and Grill in Catoosa, Oklahoma, fired 12 Latino line cooks when they failed to show up for work Thursday and gave no prior notice, CNN reported.
"I'm on their side but we have rules at the I Don't Care Bar and Grill," McNally told CNN. "If you're going to be late, call in. If you're not coming in to work, call us. That's the American way."
Calls to boycott the restaurant are now spreading on Twitter.