Chrysler has reportedly fired a Warren Stamping Plant worker for what the company is calling a violation of its code of conduct. Alex Wassell (left), a 20-year veteran with the automaker, was suspended without pay after he was quoted in an article in The Detroit News. The 63-year-old welder repairman helped organize a demonstration against a new work schedule and was protesting outside the Michigan plant on February 28 when he was interviewed. Chrysler then fired Wassell when the paper published his comments. Wassell, has since filed a grievance and says that he’s looking for an amicable settlement between his union and his former employer.
Meanwhile, multiple civil liberties groups have spoken out against Chrysler’s decision to dismiss Wassell. Both the National Lawyer’s Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union have released statements on the situation, with the ACLU saying “Employees have a right to air their grievances, even if that means a public demonstration or a comments to the media.”
According to The Detroit News, Chrysler spokesperson Jodi Tinson said that Wassell was fired for “engaging in activity constituting or appearing to constitute a conflict with the interest of the company.”