A crane operator working at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field found himself out of work after he hoisted an Alabama Crimson Tide banner inside the stadium. The man was working for a subcontractor on the stadium job. Although no one has specifically stated that his dismissal was in retaliation for raising the University of Alabama colors, the close timing between the incident and his dismissal leaves little doubt about whether there is a connection.
It’s unlikely that litigation will result from this firing, which is probably just as well. Finding unbiased jurors might be difficult in College Station, and it’s unlikely the man could persuade a judge to grant a change of venue to Alabama.
Note: This case illustrates that the at-will employment doctrine is alive and well in Texas. Because being an Alabama fan is not a protected class under federal law and never will be under Texas state law, the crane operator will have to find work elsewhere.