Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Man Says He Was Fired for "Under God" Pin

A former Home Depot worker says he was fired for wearing a pin that said "Under God" on it. The lawyer for Trevor Keezer, 20, added that he intends to sue over religious discrimination.

Keezer said he'd been wearing an American flag button on his Home Depot apron since he began working as a cashier at the store in March 2008. The button read, "One nation under God, indivisible," a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trevor Keezer had been working at the Home Depot store in the town of Okeechobee, about 140 miles north of Miami. He states all was well until he started to bring a bible to read at lunch. That is, according to his statements, when Home Depot management stepped in and told him to stop wearing the pin. He refused.

Home Depot management stated it is company policy to not allow wearing of pins or buttons that are not company-provided. They stated this is clearly outlined as part of the company dress code.

While Kara Skorupa, said she planned to sue the company, Michael Masinter, a civil rights and employment law professor at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale said that would be a tough lawsuit to win.
"Because it's a private business, not one that's owned and operated by the government, it doesn't have to operate under the free speech provisions of the First Amendment. But we're not talking about religious displays here," he said. "This sounds more like a political message ... Wearing a button of that sort would not easily be described as a traditional form of religious expression like wearing a cross or wearing a yarmulke."
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35 comments:

beat_it said...

Just boycott Home Depot, bad service most of their brands are imports and their interest rates are high.

Bill said...

Here comes the God Bashing... Everyone is going to go crazy about him wearing a pin saying under God and how he shouldn't wear it.
I worked for Home Depot for over 11 yrs and saw many people wear unapproved pins.(including myself)and none of us ever got reprimanded. This is PC getting the worst of a company.
If HD wants to enforce a policy they never enforced before, they better make this consistent across the board.

Jessica said...

He violated company dress code, then refused to remove the pin. People have been fired for less. Also, because of the ongoing debate to remove "Under God" from the pledge of allegiance, the pin is not a religious pin, but a political one. If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

Bill said...

Jessica said...

He violated company dress code, then refused to remove the pin. People have been fired for less. Also, because of the ongoing debate to remove "Under God" from the pledge of allegiance, the pin is not a religious pin, but a political one. If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.
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this would be a rightful conclusion if Home Depot enforced their policies consistently. I worked for Home Depot for over 11 years and myself and many other employees wore pins and buttons that were unapproved. Often with management knowing about it. Noone was ever reprimanded to my knowledge.

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Just boycott Home Depot, bad service, most of their brands are imported and their interest rates are high. Bashing God here ... All go crazy for him wearing the pin, by God, and saying how you can use.

copywriter said...

Keezer sees the quotation, taken from the pledge of allegiance, as his way of supporting American troops at war, and of expressing his Christian faith..This is a great post.

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itcanhappen4u2.com said...

People have been fired for less. Also, because of the ongoing debate to remove "Under God" from the pledge of allegiance, the pin is not a religious pin, but a political one.

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Interesting but my friend worked for Home Depot for over 11 years and many other employees wore pins and buttons that were unapproved.Often with management knowing about it.

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They stated this is clearly outlined as part of the company dress code.

Josh Dachsteiner said...

Well All go crazy for him wearing the pin, by God, and saying how you can use.Thanks for sharing with us...

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The lawyer of Trevor Keezer said that he intends to sue over religious discrimination.

PetCareRx Reviews said...

MOst of the companies have a policies to not allow wearing of pins or buttons that are not company-provided.

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A Home Depot worker says he was fired for wearing a pin that said "Under God" on it. The button read, "One nation under God, indivisible".

Roberts Cottages 20 said...

If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

Itcanhappen4u2 said...

If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

Cross Country Home Services said...

There are still some other things to consider, but I agree with what you're saying. Good point.Thanks

Professor Prosperity said...

If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

Neil Kornswiet said...

People have been fired for less. Also, because of the ongoing debate to remove "Under God" from the pledge of allegiance..Thanks for sharing with us

Danny Demichele said...

If HD wants to enforce a policy they never enforced before, they better make this consistent across the board.

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If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

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Trevor Keezer states all was well until he started to bring a bible to read at lunch.

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If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

Bathroom Living said...

This would be a rightful conclusion if Home Depot enforced their policies consistently.

Max Furniture said...

I think this employee has a case for discrimination. For one, I see personal buttons on HD employees all the time, especially patriotic ones. Secondly, his choice of reading material is his business alone, as long as he is not reading when he should be working (and the article doesn't say that he was). I've been known to read the Bible during down time at work, just as I read Lord of the Rings or Jules Verne.

Chevy accessories said...

This is PC getting the worst of a company.Thanks

Gaia Saunas said...

If another employee were wearing a pin saying something about removing the phrase from the pledge, people wouldn't be questioning why they were fired.

Danny DeMichele said...

Most places of employment have a dress code. Home Depot is no exception. Either abide by the dress code, or suffer the consequences of your actions. Nobody is forcing you to work there - it's your choice. If you choose to do so, then you choose to accept their standards.

Total Protect Home Warranty said...

He wore it for a full year before they finally caved and fired him? I think his employer was being extremely lenient with their dress code. The fact that they were probably asking him to remove it for a full year before they took action shows his absurd stubbornness and their generous leniency

Capital Gold Group said...

Home Depot management stated it is company policy to not allow wearing of pins or buttons that are not company-provided. Well if this is important for them then why to wear that...will it matter more?

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when Home Depot management stepped in and told him to stop wearing the pin.

Pepe Fanjul said...

Every company at some or other time objects for not having a proper dress code.this all should be considered while working with a firm