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-“One Nation Under God” Button is a Firing Offense?

by Dr. D ~ October 29th, 2009

image Trevor Keezer, says that The Home Depot in Okeechobee, Florida fired him from his cashier job because he wore an American flag button that read: "One nation under God, indivisible."

He says that he wore the button to work for over a year with no complaints then all of a sudden they required him to lose the button or get fired—he declined.

Home Depot management say it is merely a matter of dress code violation:

"This associate chose to wear a button that expressed his religious beliefs. The issue is not whether or not we agree with the message on the button," Craig Fishel said. "That’s not our place to say, which is exactly why we have a blanket policy, which is long-standing and well-communicated to our associates, that only company-provided pins and badges can be worn on our aprons."

Response: First of all, I support the right of any business to have a dress code and expect their employees to follow through. However, this sounds like the local manager over reacted and may have been far too impressed with his own power.

Also, exactly what religious beliefs did the button express Mr. Fishel? —Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Mormon, Catholic or Protestant? What Beliefs?—it is part of the pledge of allegiance for pete sake! Maybe you should instruct your employees not to take any cash since the Motto of the country is on all of it—“In God We Trust”.

In the midst of a recession when everyone needs their job and ‘big box’ businesses like Home depot are suffering through a loss of business it seems insane to me that any large company would want this kind of bad PR. After all the button is rather harmless and does support the country. This is sure to bring them some grief and additional loss in sales from folks that are sympathetic to a patriotic American being crushed by a big bad giant corporation. Who really needs this?            *Top

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