The "policy" was written in a boneheaded manner. My uniform policy specifically states that an American flag pin may be worn, but that no other flag pin can be displayed, which was actually to get rid of the crossed US/Irish and US/Italian flag pins that were being worn.Well, in all honesty, you don't know if the supervisor was some "snot-nosed kid" and what you or I think should be allowed isn't the issue. There are bigger potential issues to deal with if policy is not followed.
This company made a big deal about how they are an AMERICAN company, and that they proudly display the flag above their hotel. Obviously, they are not proud enough to let their employees show their pride in the country. As was pointed out above, if it was a US Flag pin in another country, people wouldn't be getting upset, but this company has, at least in my opinion, squatted and taken a huge dump on our flag, and the pride associated with the country. The media has latched onto them, and I'd be willing to bet that they reverse their "policy" at some point and allow American Flags while prohibiting any other flags, which is NOT discrimination, but a statement of the company's patriotism. It's a hotel chain....for gawd sake, what bigger issues can arise if policy isn't followed?