Hotel fires employee for flag pin. Sean May wore a US pin for 2 years at job at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida. The employee refused to remove the pin and was fired for failing to comply with management.
The front desk supervisor was asked repeatedly to remove the item from his clothing because it violates company policy.
A statement from the resort management staff defends the termination on grounds that the business is a homegrown historic establishment that specifies “no other buttons, gadgets, pins or insigniaâ€™s of any kind are permitted to be worn” in the handbook.
“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,” Sean May said.
While most people are looking for a job, or trying to keep their job, it’s not every day we hear about people refusing to obey policy. It’s a rule that ensures equality for all employees, according to the management team. And it’s not like they have something against the US flag, because they have one waving from the top of the resort.
A local veteran says he’s organizing a boycott against the Florida resort, while others are bewildered by the apparent decision to suddenly follow its own rule book.
“It seems silly. It seems so, so silly in the long run,” he 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.”