"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."The plaintiff's statement that the quote on his religious button is from the Pledge of Allegiance (the post-1954 version) is irrelevant. It isn't part of the uniform, which Home Depot required him to wear as a condition of employment. Instead of wearing the button only during his non-working hours, he now has the opportunity to find an employer with a dress code more to his liking. Suing because he was not allowed to prosyletize while on the clock at Home Depot is absurd, and I hope the court summarily dismisses this action and sanctions his attorney for filing a frivolous action.
Fishel said Keezer was offered a company-approved pin that said, "United We Stand," but he declined. [emphasis added]
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