There’s been a lot of hype about a Home Depot employee who supposedly got fired for wearing a “God” button.

This Home Depot employee, Trevor Keezer from Okeechobee, FL,
claims the company kicked him out because of this:
But there’s a lot more to the story. And our cyber age helps expose a major flaw in Home Depot’s defense of its managers’ actions.

According to a Florida TV station, Keezer brought a bible to work to read during his lunch break. And Keezer’s lawyer, Kara Skorupa, is now claiming that’s around the time his managers at Home Depot started bugging him about his God button.

“There‚Äôs nothing wrong with having a Bible at work to take wherever you want to read and I think it just kind of hit them the wrong way and I think that was the pretense they used to fire him was ,’Oh, by the way, your button is not Home Depot issued,’” said Skorupa, whom Keezer hired to represent him.

They are claiming religious discrimination, and from what has been reported they may be onto something.

Religious discrimination claims have skyrocketed, according to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. And last year the agency even put out new guidelines because things were getting so bad.

It’s a no no to discriminate against a worker because of his or her religion.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. Title VII covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

Home Depot isn’t giving out too much information on Keezer’s claims, but they did say:

The company’s dress code does not allow employees to wear “non-company buttons regardless of their message or content to be worn on aprons or other clothing.”

Sorry Home Depot, you’re in trouble with that defense.

I clearly remember having a Home Depot employee ring me up who had a pink breast cancer pin on her apron. (I’m heightened to this because my sister had breast cancer.)

Now, I didn’t take a photograph of the women, but thank goodness for the Internet.

Here’s a photo I dug up of Home Depot’s former CEO Robert Nardelli:

Clearly Nardelli is wearing an American flag folks.

So, if Nardelli was kicked out of Home Depot in 2007 because he wore a non-company message on his apron, and not because he was paying extravagant salaries to himself and other executives, which was the story back then, then the company’s claims will stand up.

But, that’s probably not the case.

I suspect there are a lot of Home Depot aprons out there with non-company stuff, and those employees probably still have jobs.

Did Cymbria get canned for that non-requisition Santa?

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