Berkeley Man Fired Over Charlottesville Protest

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

Berkeley-based hot dog chain Top Dog issued statements Monday denying the story that former cook Cole White was sacked, saying that he took "responsibility" for his actions in attending a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and "voluntarily" resigned his position.

A poster at Berkeley's Top Dog restaurant said that Cole White - who was identified on Twitter - no longer works at the restaurant.

The hot-dog chain posted a sign on the doors of its Durant Avenue location on Sunday, announcing that, as of Saturday, Aug. 12, Cole no longer worked for the company. The actions of those in Charlotesville are not supported by Top Dog.

Individual freedom and voluntary exchange are core to the philosophy of top dog.

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Melissa Caen, a legal analyst for KPIX5, told the media outlet that Top Dog had a legal right to fire White.

White actually carries the distinction of being the first attendee doxxed by this account, and Top Dog took swift action by firing their employee.

White has participated in local political events too, according to photos of the April 15 Berkeley rally that became a bloody battle between the far-right organizers and far-left Antifa counter-protesters. Soon after, he posted a photo of White and linked him to the restaurant. "During that conversation Cole chose to voluntarily resign his employment with Top Dog and we accepted his resignation".

The Top Dog employee said the business has also been receiving "a ton of calls" and questions from customers since White was outed online. "Remember, that only protects you from actions by the government based on your speech".

"Being an at-will employee means you could be fired just because your boss doesn't like you". A crowd of white nationalists marched on the University of Virginia campus with tiki torches, which some viewed as an homage to the Ku Klux Klan.

Later that day, a vehicle sped into a crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Two Virginia State Troopers died when a helicopter they were monitoring the protests from crashed.

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