After 18 employees at a Tennessee-based painting company skipped work this week to attend a pro-immigration rally, they received a brutal lesson about right-to-work laws they won’t soon forget.

According to KTNV-TV, 18 employees at Nashville’s Bradley Coatings were fired after they informed their supervisors on Wednesday they were missing work the next day to attend the nationwide protest, “A Day Without Immigrants.”

However, on Thursday when the employees didn’t show up to work, they learned that they had been terminated.

The company’s lawyer later released a statement to clarify that the employees were not fired because they attended the rally, but because they skipped out on work that included sensitive projects that clients contracted Bradley Coatings for.

According to KTNV, seven other Bradley Coatings employees quit after they learned their colleagues had been terminated over their absences.

They weren’t the only employees to understand the harsh realties of skipping work in a right-to-work state (an employer can end your employment at any time without reason or cause.)

Twenty-one people were fired in Lexington, S.C., after they too skipped on work to attend the protest, according to WLTX-TV.

by Chris Enloe – The Blaze