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    Default Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    Home Depot just angered all it's christian customers..

    Fla. man says Home Depot fired him over God button

    By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer Brian Skoloff, Associated Press Writer – Wed Oct 28, 8:35 am ET

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – 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.

    "It feels kind of like a punishment, like I was punished for just loving my country," Keezer said.

    A Home Depot spokesman said Keezer was fired because he violated the company's dress code.

    "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."

    Fishel said Keezer was offered a company-approved pin that said, "United We Stand," but he declined.

    Keezer's lawyer, Kara Skorupa, said she planned to sue the Atlanta-based company.

    "There are federal and state laws that protect against religious discrimination," Skorupa said. "It's not like he was out in the aisles preaching to people."

    Keezer said he was working at the store to earn money for college, and wore the button to support his country and his 27-year-old brother, who is in the National Guard and is set to report in December for a second tour of duty in Iraq.

    Skorupa noted the slogan on Keezer's pin is straight from the Pledge of Allegiance.

    "These mottos and sayings that involve God, that's part of our country and historical fabric," Skorupa said. "In God we trust is on our money."

    Michael Masinter, a civil rights and employment law professor at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, said any lawsuit over religious discrimination might be a tough one 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," Masinter said.

    "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." Fla. man says Home Depot fired him over God button - Yahoo! News

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    Quote Originally Posted by dc428 View Post
    Home Depot just angered all it's christian customers..
    They may have done just that but I can assure you that their main competitor has the exact same policy.

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    If the article is accurate with what happened, this guy needs to contact CLA and they will get his job back, and he will get to wear his button again.


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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    Stuff like this really makes you wonder about the real intentions of these big corporations.This is THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! The most diverse country in the world! What the heck is happening to FREEDOM! I wonder if the manager that fired this guy or any of the Home Depot managment team have read or heard about the First Amendment of The United States Constitution!

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    The problem is that, as that lawyer stated in the article, since they are a private business, they DO NOT have to abide by the First Amendment clause unlike a Government business. That is unfortunate, but this will be a very difficult case to win. The pin wasn't even clearly religious, in spite of the word "God."


    Now...maybe if they had a union................?

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    EEOC all the way.

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    Forget all that, this was very carefully timed.
    Christmas is right around the corner, and whether negative or positive, The Home Depot name will be prominently out there.

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    All your major retailers have the same exact policy.When you are hired that is one of the forms they push under you nose to be signed during the hiring process.
    Last edited by Dirtball; 10-29-2009 at 01:37 PM.

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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    ST JAY you wrote 'What the heck is happening to FREEDOM!'

    That worker has the freedom to leave that job. You dont get a job and try to change the company policy that you agreed to when you hired on. Go ahead and try and change some company policies at YRC-Roadway that you agreed to when you got your job. But dont go about it in a sensible manner. Just start doing what you want when you want to do it, kind of like said employee at Home Depot.


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    Default Re: Home Depot fired employee for "..Under God" pin

    It doesn't matter what you sign, they can't take away your constitutional rights away.All their worried about is their bottom line .They don't care about your rights this country God or anything else besides their bonus.

 

 
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