A Florida man says he was fired from his job at The Home Depot for wearing an American flag pin that said "One nation under God, indivisible."
Trevor Keezer, 20, said he had worn the button ever since he started working at the home improvement retailer 19 months ago. He said it was his way of supporting U.S. troops, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Keezer, whose brother Army Spc. Steven Keezer Jr. is set to return to Iraq in December, said none of his supervisors had anything negative to say about the pin until last month when he began bringing his bible to work, the paper reported.
"That's when I was told it had to come off, or I would be sent home," Keezer told WPTV last week.
"So they sent me home for six straight days without pay. And then today they terminated me."
Home Depot spokesman Craig Fishel said he could not comment specifically on Keezer's termination but said, “The company’s dress code policy states that we do not allow non-company buttons, regardless of their message or content.”
Fishel said The Home Depot has its own sanctioned patriotic pins that employees have the option to wear.
Keezer said he opted to wear his own pin instead because none of the company's pins mentioned God.
"You can't have country without God," said Keezer, the Sentinel reported.