More than 100 people rally in support of Elizabethtown man told not to come to work over LGBTQ T-shirt
Robyn Tylar Saur worked at Herb and Olive Market in Elizabethtown until two weeks ago, when he wore a shirt to work that read "Just us for all. LGBTQ Advocacy."
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Robyn Tylar Saur worked at Herb and Olive Market in Elizabethtown until two weeks ago, when he wore a shirt to work that read "Just us for all. LGBTQ Advocacy."
While the store does not have a set dress code, his bosses were not happy.
"I am at a loss for words, honestly, for what even was their logic behind it," Saur said. "She said, 'Well, you're advertising who you want to have sex with. I don't go around wearing a shirt with one man and one woman on it because that is what I believe.'"
Saur said he and his manager Julia were told not to come in for their regular shift hours. Julia said she was fired via text days later. In response, more than 100 people marched through Elizabethtown's public square Tuesday protesting what they call discrimination in the work place.
Members of the Fairness Campaign and LGBTQ rights groups organized the rally and said only nine cities in Kentucky have ordinances protecting workers from being fired because of sexuality.
"You can't just deny someone because you don't agree with what is on the shirt," said Chris Hartman with the Fairness Campaign. "You're either going to allow shirts with verbiage on it or you're not going to allow shirts with verbiage on it."
Despite the protesters, several people support the store's decision.
"I am for them as a small business to make a decision for themselves about the uniforms that they wear and what types of T-shirts or pants or whatever," said Kim Murn, who showed up to the rally Tuesday.
"I think the work place should be professional," said Christy Arendt, another attendee who supports the business. "I don't think it is a place to advertise your beliefs."
Herb and Olive issued a statement Tuesday:
"We do not discriminate against anyone. We have always welcomed everyone into our business and will continue to do so."
"If it was about dress code, then we should have talked about dress code and kept it professional," Saur said. "But instead, they wanted to bring it around LGBTQ issues."
Saur said he plans on working with the EEOC and the Fairness Campaign regarding his next step in advocacy.
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