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thedrifter
07-09-03, 05:59 AM
Slain Marine's father says he lost job for speaking against Iraq war


By Leonel Sanchez
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

July 8, 2003

The father of a 20-year-old Marine killed in Iraq in March said he lost his job at an Escondido printer last week allegedly because of his anti-war activities.

Fernando Suarez del Solar said one of the owners of Mi California told him he was spending too much time speaking out against the war with Iraq and that his views threatened to cost the company business from people who didn't agree with him.

"He gave me an option: leave politics alone and dedicate myself 100 percent to work; or dedicate myself to politics," Suarez said yesterday.

"I told him I'll leave and look for a job that will allow me to talk in favor of peace," Suarez said.

Suarez lives with his wife, their 18-year-old daughter and two nephews, 10 and 13. He previously worked at a check-cashing business for 10 years.

Fernando Sirio, a co-owner of Mi California, would not comment on whether Suarez's anti-war activities had anything to do with his separation from the company.

He said Suarez was an independent contractor whose business agreement with Sirio's company ended last week.

Sirio added, "I have no personal take on any political thing about the war, about peace, whatever and if I did, I'd reserve it to myself."

Suarez, 47, described his departure from Mi California as amicable. "I understand he (Sirio) has to take care of his business. I'm not upset. I'm sad, but he has that right."

Suarez worked there for a year as a salesman and helped distribute the company's bilingual newspaper.

Suarez said his work productivity declined after his son, Lance Cpl. Jesus Suarez del Solar, was killed in a friendly fire incident March 27.

Suarez said he poured his energy into keeping his son's memory alive and in doing so found himself speaking out against the war. He has been active with a local group that promotes alternatives to joining the military, has emphasized the U.S. government's failure to provide proof of the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and has called for an investigation into American deaths by friendly fire.

Suarez said Mi California, which also does marketing and graphic designs, was supportive following his son's death and built a Web site in his honor.

Last week, however, after Suarez's return from a speaking engagement in Philadelphia sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Sirio expressed his concerns, Suarez said.



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Leonel Sanchez: (619) 542-4568; leonel.sanchez@uniontrib.com

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20030708-9999_1m8father.html


Sempers,

Roger
:marine:

ivalis
07-09-03, 08:42 PM
This is the freedom these guys are fighting for??

Scary, ain't it.

firstsgtmike
07-09-03, 10:02 PM
"... one of the owners of (the business) told him he was spending too much time (on outside interests) and that his (outside interests) threatened to cost the company business from people who didn't agree with him."

"He gave me an option: leave politics alone and dedicate myself 100 percent to work; or dedicate myself to politics," Suarez said yesterday. "
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I think the issue is: Does an employer have the right not to be financially penalized for the outside activities of an employee?

Although in this particular case, I am not sure why or how these outside activities became identified with his place of employment?

Sgt Sostand
07-09-03, 10:46 PM
freedom is not free sometimes you have to stand your ground this guy lost a son i dont think nothing else really matter to him now he can get a new job but not another son

Devildogg4ever
07-10-03, 04:54 AM
You said that right, Sgt Sostand!

What is this world coming to? Loose a job over that? There are some Americans who need their @ss kicked more then the Iraqi!

firstsgtmike
07-10-03, 08:22 AM
Woud you guys feel the same if the son had been an Iraqi suicide bomber rather than a Marine?

I would.

The basic question is:

"Does an employer have the right not to be financially penalized for the outside activities of an employee?"

OR" Does an employee have the right to speak his mind at the expense of his employer?

If a waitress is turning away business at her place of employment and is costing the establishment and her co-workers money, must the owner continue her employment?

Only one answer is acceptable. YES, or NO.

Then it makes no difference if she is wearing an American Flag or a Nazi Uniform. The answer MUST remain the same.

And when someone is presented with a "my way or the highway", they have been provided their right of free choice.

In my lifetime, on several occassions, my attitude and response has been, "I was looking for a job when I first walked in here, so I haven't lost anything when I walk out." My freedom of choice.

The question is: At this time, in this situation, what is more important to you? From that perspective, you make a choice and you live with it, because "under the circumstances, that was the only thing I could do." Change the circumstances, be given other choices, and the decision you have to live with may be different.

top1371
07-10-03, 10:06 AM
This is no different than an employee talking about religion to customers. If the boss didnt like that it would be the same situation.

If he was speaking out on his own time it would be a different story.

Freedom of speach does not extend to the workplace. Many freedoms dont.

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Devildogg4ever
07-10-03, 04:04 PM
firstsgtmike & top1371,

After reading and thinking about the comments you two made, I would have to admit, I agree!

He still had the right to choose which way to go with it. If we didn't have freedom, he wouldn't have a choice!

I also, now, understand that your rights might infringe on the over-all rights of others!

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!!

Semper Fi!!