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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 05:55 AM
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:01 AM
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Was someone suggesting that wearing a flag pin is the same as something like a Muslim woman being allowed to wear head covering in the workplace? Wow. What a stretch. The head gear is required by her religion, the flag pin is not. A better comparison would be a Muslim being allowed to wear a pin with an image of Mohammed or something not required by her religion but indicates her own personal feelings -- just like a flag pin is not required by religion but indicates personal feelings. If a company allowed the former and not the latter, then there would be cause for complaint of unfairness.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:11 AM
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:19 AM
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An employee who makes this a reason to be fired is LOOKING to be fired and wants the attendant publicity. We LOVE Casa Monica and will continue to patronize it. The hotel obviously takes standards very seriously----and I applaud that.

Orlando Vic, if a person commits a crime repeatedly for two years under the lax eye of a lazy policeman, is it wrong for a different policeman to arrest him for the same act? Your reasoning---or I should say, non-reasoning--- is absurd.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:20 AM
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"A better comparison would be a Muslim being allowed to wear a pin with an image of Mohammed or something not required by her religion but indicates her own personal feelings"

That would certainly indicate her personal feelings, since any image of Mohammed would be considered, at best, not very appropriate and, at worse, sacrilegious.

I don't understand all the complaining about how horrible it was that this guy lost his job. I don't agree with a lot of the policies at my job. But I realize that the employer sets the rules, my workplace is not a democracy, and I can't flout these rules if I want to stay employed there. I also realize that my employer changes these rules - things that were allowed are no longer allowed and vice versa. (Maybe that's why Mitt Romney keeps changing his positions - that's just the way things go in upper management.) This place changed their enforcement of a policy, the employee didn't fall in line, and he got fired. Welcome to the American workplace.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:25 AM
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"It is now."

Hey, it's been moved to where it belongs. Good job, editors.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:28 AM
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NeoPatrick, in your prolific responses on this thread, you have conveniently ignored the fact that this employee was permitted to disregard the rule for two years. So is it OK to begin enforcing the rule after all that time?

I am an employer and have some experience with employee grievances, and I can tell you if an employer ignores a rule for two years, then suddenly begins to enforce it, he's not going to get far in trying to defend the firing. Wouldn't you agree?
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:47 AM
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I believe that one of the previous posts indicated that there was new management who enforced the rule.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:48 AM
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So Joan, if they had enforced the policy from the beginning you wouldn't have a problem with it?
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:49 AM
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***A better comparison would be a Muslim being allowed to wear a pin with an image of Mohammed or something not required by her religion but indicates her own personal feelings***

Thank you Neo and that's the point. Religion trumps personal in the workplace. Last I knew we weren't a religious based country.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:51 AM
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It depends on the circumstances, Joan. We had a somewhat similar situation but a behavior, not an object, was in contention. This behavior had been allowed under a previous, lax, manager. When a new manager was hired, one charged with actually enforcing the rules, the employee who refused to comply was fired with cause. The behavior was brought to the employee's attention and she was given notice twice but refused to comply because It had "always" been allowed as long as she had been there until the new manager took over. Our attorney said firing her was perfectly legal. It is also legal to CHANGE the workplace rules and require compliance with the new rules as soon as practical and reasonable. The employee was in the wrong and the only reason anyone is even discussing it is because he is a vet and the object is a flag pin.

Veterans are not sacred cows in the workplace.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:54 AM
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tom42, I googled and found (according to the fired employee) that there's been a change in command at the corporate level, but I still stand by my opinion that this would be hard to defend.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/16...ican-flag-pin/
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 06:56 AM
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fyb, no I wouldn't have a problem if they made it clear from the beginning that this was the policy.

Also, it does not seem this person was given much of a warning, if any. And the "enforcer" was at the corporate level, not a day-to-day supervisor, apparently.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 07:08 AM
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Much of a warning? How much notice does one need to remove a pin?
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 08:20 AM
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I would have thought that someone with military experience would understand about chain of command and regulations. And the fact that they are sometimes arbitrary and silly.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 09:08 AM
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"Your reasoning---or I should say, non-reasoning--- is absurd."

Gee, it didn't take long for this thread in the lounge to turn south.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 10:02 AM
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"Gee, it didn't take long for this thread in the lounge to turn south."

I did it for you, gmoney. I was afraid you wouldn't understand reductio ad absurdum.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 01:09 PM
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"NeoPatrick, in your prolific responses on this thread, you have conveniently ignored the fact that this employee was permitted to disregard the rule for two years. So is it OK to begin enforcing the rule after all that time?"

I hate to be so obvious (although apparently it doesn't seem obvious to all), but because a rule is suddenly enforced really doesn't mean a thing. That's almost like saying -- "gee, I sped through that neighborhood for years and never got a ticket, so why should they ticket me today for going 50 in a 35?" "Gee, I wore my pin for years, so why should I be "fined" now?" Same idea. Besides, if that thought is too complex, then it has also been stated that there was new management. Surely you understand the idea that new management is always likely to enforce rules differently (or even interpret them differently) than previous management?

But I'm also fascinated by this comment from the employee, "I've actually gotten probably more compliments about it than any of the service I've actually done at the hotel, which is an interesting concept," May told the station.

Maybe the fact that no one seemed to compliment his work is an even better reason he was fired? After all it's easy to say and prove "you didn't follow a rule", but not so easy to say and prove "you just aren't doing a very good job here.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2011, 01:41 PM
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"fyb, no I wouldn't have a problem if they made it clear from the beginning that this was the policy."

OK, then nice to know you DON'T have a problem with it, since it was clearly a written policy from the start. Or do you mean that you wouldn't have a problem with it if they made clear that rules are rules and shouldn't be ignored. What person can't understand that if you are given rules, that IS the policy??? Some people assume the rules aren't supposed to be followed and deliberately ignore then until they are told that they must be followed? What am I missing here?
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This seems to be the only place on the Internet where concern for this incident lives on.
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