Waitress Fired for Tea Party Bracelet

Outback has not challenged Geller's claim for unemployment benefits

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 7:01 AM CDT
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Waitress Fired for Tea Party Bracelet

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A restaurant waitress in suburban Chicago says she lost her job because she wore a tea party bracelet to work.

Megan Geller said she wears a yellow bracelet her mother gave her with the words "Don't Tread on Me." That's a phrase often seen and heard at tea party rallies.

Geller says a couple she was serving at the local Outback Steakhouse took offense and complained.

Company officials tell a different story. They say Geller was inattentive to diners at two tables and say that if the bracelet had been a problem, managers would have told her to remove it.

Outback has not challenged Geller's claim for unemployment benefits. But some in the community say the company violated her free-speech rights.

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