A hotel fires a worker for wearing a US flag pin? Sean May has been wearing a flag pin for 2 years. But for some reason, the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida has decided to exercise a ban against all buttons and pins from their employee handbook, so the hotel fires the employee with the flag pin. Refusing to remove his American flag pin, Sean May was fired by the hotel. The 26 year old claims that a recent change in management is behind the move to prevent him from displaying his love for our country. The hotel says it is merely enforcing a rule which everybody knows. The hotel does fly an American flag on its flag pole daily.
So is Sean May correct for standing up for his right to express his love for America? Or is the hotel correct for exercising its rights as a private enterprise, establishing rules of conduct it deems necessary. Their employee handbook clearly states ″No button, badges pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn.″ The hotel says this policy is to prevent any ″national preference, political views or religious affiliation″ by any employee. One can easily imagine what could result if everybody could add items to their uniforms and attire while on the job. Free speech cuts both ways. Does it have a role in the work place?
How do you feel about the story that a hotel fires a worker for wearing a US flag pin? Is the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida within their rights to do this, despite the fact that Sean May has been wearing his flag pin for 2 years now? Did the hotel go too far as it fires the employee with the flag pin? Is this a case of free speech, or private enterprise exercising its rights? Feel free to leave a comment below.