Radio Buzz: Hotel Fires Employee Over American Flag Pin

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A man was fired from his job for wearing an American Flag pin on his lapels.

"Legally and in a vacuum, the company has a right to regulate what employees wear - I don't think it's a violation of their freedom of speech or freedom of expression."

That's Legal Expert Rick Detoto speaking with Gail and Al at KCOL in Fort Collins, Colorado.

However:

"From a PR standpoint I think it's kind of a boneheaded move and it's kind of blowing up in their face."

The now-former front desk supervisor - Sean May - was told to remove the pin on Thursday because it violated company policy.

Twenty six year old May refused, and was promptly sent home.

"It's something that they probably should have looked the other way with, and not made a big issue out of."

Does he have a case?

"Well - first I think that's the argument the hotel's going to make - is that you know - if we allow the American Flag, it opens up the doors for other things. I don't think he has much of a case. I think as a private company they have the right to regulate what their employees put on their uniforms or wear."

The Casa Monica Hotel says that their employee handbook clearly states "No other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn."

I'm Jessica Curtis, and that's your Talk Radio Buzz from Fox News Radio.