I wear my proper dress code as it states to in my employee handbook. It is October and I have a pink ribbon on to support a cause I feel and believe strongly about. I was told I cannot wear it, I feel as though I have the right to, and it is the support month. It is not stating a foundation, it is just a symbol. It almost makes me feel discriminated against as well as stripped from my right of diversity.
No, you are not being discriminated against, nor is your dignity or diversity stripped. Using such language in this context does a disservice to those concepts. Yes, your work can say no such displays are allowed. Your personal support for something is just that -personal. The business can refuse to allow itself to be associated with it through individual employees if it chooses. Unless your manual says that such ribbons are permitted parts of the uniform, then wearing one is not you wearing the uniform in proper dress code. It is you modifying the uniform. Feel free to wear the ribbon on your personal clothing before and after work, or with work permission. But you have no right to wear what you want just because you feel it is important to you, without receiving a consequence.
Unless your boss is permitting males to support causes openly while he is not letting females do so, I don't think you'll have a claim for discrimination.
I am a lawyer, but I am not your lawyer. This reply is not intended to be and does not constitute legal advice or the establishment of an attorney-client relationship. If you want legal advice, I invite you to contact a local law firm to discuss your case in more detail.
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