WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown took issue on Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s call for Americans to boycott Goodyear, an Ohio-based tire company, after a report on politically-themed clothing in the workplace.
An NBC affiliate had reported on a slide, sent from an anonymous employee, purportedly from a presentation that instructed Goodyear employees not to wear clothing that advocated for a political candidate, including the Trump campaign’s “Make America Great Again” hats.
The image listed Black Lives Matter and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride messages as acceptable while politically affiliated slogans and material, including “MAGA Attire” and “Blue Lives Matter,” in support of police, were listed as unacceptable. The screenshot was described in the report as part of the company’s diversity training.
The company said the material captured in the screenshot was not created or distributed by the company’s corporate offices or part of a diversity training class. It also stressed that it does ask its workers to “refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.”
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