Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fired For Wearing a Flag Pin

Are you thinking of buying a flag at home Depot? Are you thinking of buying anything at Home Depot? You might want to ask questions about how they treat their employees. Trevor Keezor worked in the Home Depot in Okeechobee, Florida. On October 23, Keezor alleges that he was fired for wearing an American flag pin with the slogan "One nation under G-d. Associated Press reports as follows.

"A former cashier for The Home Depot who has been wearing a "One nation under God" button on his work apron for more than a year has been fired, he says because of the religious reference. The company claims that expressing such personal beliefs is simply not allowed.

"I've worn it for well over a year and I support my country and God," Trevor Keezor said Tuesday. "I was just doing what I think every American should do, just love my country."

The American flag button Keezer wore in the Florida store since March 2008 says "One nation under God, indivisible."

Earlier this month, he began bringing a Bible to read during his lunch break at the store in the rural town of Okeechobee, about 140 miles north of Miami. That's when he says The Home Depot management told him he would have to remove the button.

Keezer refused, and he was fired on Oct. 23, he said."

The company claims that it has a clear policy about employees not wearing buttons or pins that are not given to them by management. I can understand the need to filter out political slogans and material that might be obscene. What ever happened to common sense? Wearing a flag pin with a line from the pledge of allegiance scould not be considered controversial, combative of offensive. Even if home Depot is within its rights to fire Mr. Keezor, it is a real bad idea to do so. I do not why shows of religiousity and patriotism should trouble anyone. Proselytising, electioneering and talking politics to customers on the job might be problematic, but why fire Mr. Keezor if he was doing his job?

I really hope that Mr. Keezor is hired back. I want to shop at businesses that support our nation's Bill of Rights, in letter and in spirit. I hope that Home Depot is such a company. Sphere: Related Content


Benjamin Franklin said...

Keezer has the right to his beliefs. Those were not violated. He does not have the right to refuse to comply with his employer's written policies regarding his uniform. He was offered an authorized pin which said "United We Stand". He refused. He was fired. Good.

Magdeburger Joe said...

And I have a right to shop where I feel the workers are treated with respect. Why is it "good" that Keezer was fired? An American flag and four words from the pledge of allegiance. What's not to like?