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Nathaniel Wentz: Seattle teen fired for wearing Broncos jersey to work

A Seattle teen was fired just for supporting his team, the Broncos.
A Seattle teen was fired just for supporting his team, the Broncos.

Support is running wild for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks as Super Bowl XLVIII draws closer. One wouldn't think that just supporting your team could get you in trouble though. 9News reported on Jan. 22, 2014, that a Seattle teenager named Nathaniel Wentz actually got fired from his job for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey into work.

Yes, the "die hard fan" of the Broncos was actually fired from his job for wearing a jersey of Denver Broncos' wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

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Wentz said that his manager let employees know they could wear jerseys to work on Jan. 19, 2014. Being in Seattle, it was expected that everyone would wear Seahawks' garb, but Wentz is a Broncos fan. Upon going to work, his manager told him to leave immediately and change into something else.

The 17-year-old never went back to Odyssey 1, a family entertainment center in Tacoma, Washington, after being sent home. He said that was the official reason he was let go.

"It was all about you can't. You can't represent your team. There's something wrong with that," said Wentz, courtesy of 9News.

Wentz's father, also a Broncos fan, attempted to talk to his manager, but he never heard back from him. A Seattle attorney said that employers in Washington really can fire employees for just about any reason.

"It's a petty move on the part of the employer," said staunch Seahawks fan Patrick Leo McGuigan of HKM Employment Attorneys in Seattle. But even he says employers do have the right to restrict what you wear. "An employer has a common law right to terminate for no cause, good cause or a cause that's morally wrong, as the courts like to point out."

While it doesn't seem right, Wentz said the he is looking at the bright side of things. The fired teen said he can now watch his Broncos take on the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014.

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