Florida Hotel Fires Employee for Refusing to Remove American Flag Pin
“It seems silly. It seems so, so silly in the long run,” May said. “They’re so upset about a little pin, and yet I come to work every day and flying over the hotel there’s a gigantic American flag.”
May said he loves his job, but he’s willing to risk it to stand up for what he feels is right. Just before firing May the day after he was sent home for wearing an American flag pin, the Casa Monica Hotel answered some questions from news4jax.com in an email Friday.
“The Casa Monica Hotel located in St. Augustine, Florida, is an American-based, homegrown historic hotel,” the email reads. “The property reflects its pride in America and great patriotism by flying the Stars and Stripes high over the hotel. The American flag greets every guest and employee with its symbolism of our belief in this great country.”
“However, our employee handbook clearly states, ‘No other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn.‘ No matter an individual’s national preference, political views or religious affiliation, it is a standard regulation which ensures equality for all Grand Performers (employees).”
I’m all for abiding by company policies for any firm you work for. However, why was May allowed to wear this pin for two years and now, all of a sudden, the company chooses to enforce its policies?
I swear, with all the PC madness surrounding our US flag (Olive Garden bans flag, neighborhood association flag rules, kids being told to not have an American flag on their bikes, etc.) it’s going to come to me getting a flag tattooed on my forehead! (Well, I wouldn’t but feel like it might be the only way I can display it.)