Waitress Fired for Tea Party Bracelet

Outback has not challenged Geller's claim for unemployment benefits

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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.