Fla. man lies, claims religious discrimination

Okay, maybe the article doesn’t say “lie”, but that’s what he did.

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.

It’s a private company. I agree that it should allow individuality (though it won’t because it’s just another big box store that treats its employees like numbers), but that doesn’t mean it must allow anything. It has the right to deny anyone the privilege of wearing a button, just as it can deny them the right to wear tank tops or jeans. God Button Home Depot

“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.”

This guy is planning on suing over this. He doesn’t have a shot. The company’s policy is not something newly created and applied just for him. He should have known about it. The fact that he didn’t isn’t a big deal, but he was eventually told about it by management. He was given fair warning before being fired. For him to say he was discriminated against because of religion is a lie.

This is just yet another example of the religious demanding respect for their beliefs. Ignoring for a moment that faith is not a virtue, this man has no right to tell Home Depot or anyone else that he can wear what he wants on the job. Imagine if he actually won his case. He would de facto have the right to sue any individuals who told him he couldn’t enter their homes while wearing a particular pin or other religious paraphernalia. It’s absurd.

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