U.S. Flag Found on Floor After Immigrant Complains Employee invited to rehang flag
Updated 12:11 PM CDT, Wed,
May 27, 2009
This will lead many Americans
to ask: "What is the world coming to?"
An Arlington woman has now been invited to rehang her U.S. flag after first being
told to remove it following a coworker's complaint.
Debbie McLucas, a hospital
supervisor at Kindred Hospital in Mansfeld, hung a 3x5-foot U.S. flag in the office she shares with three other supervisors just before Memorial Day.
The timely display of U.S.
patriotism was not welcomed by one of McLucas' office mates and she was told it had to come down, CBS 11 reported.
The coworker, who emigrated
from Africa 14 years ago, was apparently so bothered by the display that a complaint was filed with upper management. When
McLucas, whose daughter is serving in Iraq as a combat medic, was told
of the "infraction," she was stunned.
McLucas said her supervisor
removed the flag for her and placed it on the floor -- an egregious breach of flag etiquette, aside from being an offensive gesture to
most Americans. McLucas was then told that the flag flying outside of the building would have to satisfy
her patriotic needs.
Susan Moss, vice president
with Kindred Healthcare, said in a statement Wednesday that the issue was with the size of the flag
and not what it symbolized.
"We have invited the employee
to put the flag back up. We share their love of country and we appreciate the service of their family members as well as all
members of the armed forces," Moss said. "This was an isolated incident between two employees that we are working to resolve
According to Moss, both employees
have family members who have served in the military.
Kindred had been ranked first
in Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies "Health Care: Medical Facilities" category.