I see a lot of commenters saying people who don’t show up to work should obviously be fired. Any employee who requested time off following their workplace’s rules and procedures should not have been fired. It’s called a personal day because it’s for you to do whatever is important to you personally whether that’s protest, take care of a sick family member or rest. If what you did on your personal day was legal, there’s no reason you should be fired for it. And if you’re a business owner who thinks 100% of your employees will be at work 100% of the time, you’re being unrealistic and a poor planner. This was a protest, it could have been a natural disaster, a freeway closure, or flu season. Shit happens, be prepared.