Hot Button Issue For Home Depot

Some businesses don't want their employees pinning buttons on their shirts at work. But Home Depot finds itself in hot water over the policy because it ended up firing a man wearing a button that just happened to proclaim, "One Nation Under God!"

 

Some businesses don't want their employees pinning buttons on their shirts at work. But one company finds itself in hot water over the policy because it ended up firing a man wearing a button. The button just happened to proclaim,  "One Nation Under God!"

Trevor Keezer said he had been wearing the button to work at a south Florida Home Depot for over a year. Keezer said he was wearing the button to show his support for his brother, an Army specialist headed to Iraq, and to express his Christian faith.

Keezer says his managers never mentioned the button until last month, about the time he started bringing his Bible to work. Last week, the 19 month award winning employee was fired.

So what does Home Depot have to say about all of this? A company spokesperson says the corporate dress code does not allow non-company issued buttons, regardless of their message. "As you can imagine with 300,000 associates across the country it is important to have a consistent policy to make sure we are respecting everybody's views and beliefs."

 

Keezers lawyer says Home Depot enforces its dress code arbitrarily, allowing some buttons, but not others. She's pushing ahead with a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.

 

So what do you think? Should Keezer be allowed to wear the button? Do you believe it is about the button policy or the religious message? What if the button was promoting a religion contrary to yours...should that be allowed? Is there anything wrong with expressing your faith at work?

 

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  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    I do not agree with Home Depot's decision to fire this person, however they are completely within their rights to do so. We have no legal right to wear whatever we want AT WORK. I work for the state and wear a uniform. I have a small American Flag pin that I always wear. I am in violation of policy and if told I would have to remove the pin. For the past several years no one has for whatever reason instructed me to do so. If they do however I have two choices, remove the pin or quit. That's just the way it is, when you are working for someone else you have to obey their rules or leave. We do have options as consumers to shop at other home improvement stores if we do not agree with Home Depot’s position in this matter, which I plan to do.
  • by Levi Location: Jax on Nov 24, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Let's see it says home depo enforces this dress code "arbitrarily" and that he has been wearing this button for over a year. It also says that nothing was said until he brought his bible to work. I always carried a book with me to read on my break and nothing was ever said to me. This sounds like discrimination to me. He wasn't shoving his religion down anyones throat.
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 18, 2009 at 01:35 AM
    Leilani Location: Indiana: Thank you not for showing the rest of us why ALL IS lost in the USA.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 7, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    Yes he should and I won't be shopping Home depot anymore.
  • by Debbie Location: USA on Nov 7, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    When I read the comments is sad to see the world that my grandchildren will grow up in. No God No Hope
  • by EDUARDO Location: miami fl on Nov 3, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    HOME DEPOT IS A CUBAN OR VENEZUELA OPERATE COMPANY THAT DO NOT RESPECT ANY ASSOCIATES,ONLY A MANAGER'S
  • by Kool Location: OX on Nov 3, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    To Alice Thank you for not shoping at Home Depot Maybe I will be able to get in and out and not be held up by you. As far as the buttons if the Co. has a policy and it was known . Fire him, it has nothing to do with Religion..It is clled a dress code.Get over it..... Note: Keep your Reliious belifes to yourself! I Don't Want to see it or hear about it . If I wan't Religion I wiil go to church . Religion dosn't belong at work!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your time
  • by alice on Oct 31, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Yes he should be allowed to wear the pin or button. Everyone shold be allowed to expresstheir religious views without fear. I try to respect all faiths even though they may differ from mine. I do believe It is about the religious message. NO problem or is it wrong to espress your faith at work. I am so tired of trying to be politically correct. I will not shop with home depot again. Thank You
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 31, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    First, the First Amendment doesn't apply to private businesses. Your free speech can't be limited by federal or state law. It can, however, be limited by private businesses. Second, private businesses often have dress codes, especially retail outlets. This guy decided to be a rebel and buck the system. Instead of using a funny button, he picked one that would create controversy. Home Depot didn't take issue with the button's message, they were just enforcing their dress code. Pretty simple. Nothing to do with discrimination. As for the calls to boycott, go on and drive farther, support the people who are trying to kill our troops by spending more on gas. I never shop at Home Depot, but only because Lowe's is closer and has all I ever need at relatively fair prices.
  • by Terry Location: Greenville on Oct 31, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    I think that if the policy was no buttons then everyyone should follow the rule. I am just curious did they give the employee a chance to remove the button or just terminated him without a request to remove the button. If an employee has been breaking a rule for over a year and nothing was said about it previously that is very strange. It sounds like there is more to this story then meets the eye.
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