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Okeechobee employee’s button could spur religious bias suit

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A former cashier for a Home Depot store in Okeechobee claims the retailer fired him because he refused to remove a button on his orange apron that said “One nation under God, indivisible.” Now Trevor Keezor has threatened to sue for religious discrimination.

He claimed he had worn the pin for over a year, and it became an issue only after he was seen reading a Bible at lunch.

Home Depot claims it has a policy prohibiting employees from wearing buttons that are not company provided and that there was no religious bias involved. It also offered him the option of wearing a company-approved “United we stand” button instead.

Final note: It is not clear whether a lawsuit would go anywhere. Although employers can’t generally prohibit employees from wearing religious garb such as a yarmulke or a head scarf, displaying a pin with a religious message is another matter.


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