Do you find the Confederate flag offensive? One worker did and it led to the suspension of another.
An employee of Delaware’s transportation department was suspended earlier this month for driving his vehicle on state property. Government officials said they found the license plate offensive because it was emblazoned with the words “Red Neck” and also displayed a Confederate flag, according to an article in my local paper this morning.
The worker, Tom Drummond, had the plate on his car for years, and had driven the vehicle to work since he started in 2008. But a complaint from another employee who felt the plate was a form of harassment prompted the state’s action.
I’ve written a lot in the past about how employees have few if any free speech rights when they enter the nation’s factories or offices. Clearly, you can be fired for what ever the heck you say when it comes to politics, but there’s one glaring exception — the government-run workplace. (more…)