Have you seen this story about the guy fired from Home Depot?

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Comment by Dash Riprock on October 29, 2009 at 5:23pm
I agree. Home Depot is a private company and can dictate what they expect from their employee’s. It seems to me that Disney World/Land has a dress code that doesn’t allow their male employee’s to have facial hair and no long hair.
Comment by Gold Guy on October 29, 2009 at 8:27am
Robert said:
I think I'd probably have to side with the former employee on this one. For a couple of reasons.
1) The quote on the button is from an official US motto, The Pledge of Allegiance. As much as I don't like the "under God" part, I'll have to say that he had the right (IMO) to display the motto.

I don't see your logic there. If the company says no buttons, the content is irrelevant. Suppose someone wanted to skip the orange vest and wear their patriotic t-shirt with the whole pledge of allegiance? Would you support that too? No, because it isn't about freedom of expression. It is that the company does not want to promote causes, even ones taken out of a pledge approved by congress. A recent addition to the pledge that happens to violate the Constitution, BTW. If they accept his pin then all employees would be able to wear any political or religious message they want. That might be ok, and I could see an argument in favor of that, but not making an exception for a religious reference. They were being consistent.
Comment by Sarah Doli on October 29, 2009 at 7:48am
It is true that the employee did wear the pin for about a year, but when a new supervisor was hired, he enforced the dress code of the company. This guy was the only one not to comply. He had also missed several days of work due to his non-compliance, and was warned that further insubordination would result in his termination. They do not have a leg to stand on.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on October 28, 2009 at 8:22pm
Actually he wasn't fired for his religious convictions he was fired because he violated the company dress code and was insubordinate, the company also gave him a reasonable alternative which he refused.
I'd have fired him for being a stubborn jackass.
Comment by Robert Madewell on October 28, 2009 at 7:13pm
I think I'd probably have to side with the former employee on this one. For a couple of reasons.
1) The quote on the button is from an official US motto, The Pledge of Allegiance. As much as I don't like the "under God" part, I'll have to say that he had the right (IMO) to display the motto.

2) When ever someone get fired for something like this, it feeds the persecution complex that many of the religious right have.

However, I suspect that there were other reasons for them to fire him.
Comment by Lorien on October 28, 2009 at 6:44pm
I wear atheist pins on my coat to work and I am waiting to see if anyone says anything about them to have me remove them at which time I will demand that everyone wearing a JEBUS cross or other religious symbol do the same! Or somebody telling me to park away from the building with my beetle stickered with atheist symbols.

I wonder what would happen if it was the Out A pin?

Just waiting for that day!
Comment by IAmTheBlog on October 28, 2009 at 6:38pm
If they have a policy that no personal buttons should be worn, then he should have to follow that policy. It sounds like he was warned about it, and I don't think it's an unfair policy if it's applied evenly. If someone were fired for wearing an atheist button, I would feel the same way.

That's good to hear, Dash Riprock, about them taking the sign down after you complained. You, and other people like you, may be partly responsible for Home Depot's policy. With 15% of people being non-religious, maybe some companies are realizing that it's too big a population to ignore.
Comment by Dash Riprock on October 28, 2009 at 6:15pm
Not long after 9/11 our local Home Depot had a sign up that read “God Bless America”. I wrote to the company and told them I was an Atheist and I found the sign offensive. The next time I was there the sign was gone.
Comment by Tim Danaher on October 28, 2009 at 5:31pm
Interesting that the lawyer is bringing up the Pledge of Allegiance and the money thing... from my perspective as a non-US citizen, these two recent introductions have always struck me as clear violations of church-state separation.

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