For years, I have used a coffee mug at work that says “I Hate Mondays”. I’ve taken the mug with me when I’ve changed jobs (three times in ten years) and it has never been a problem. That’s now changed. I just got a new supervisor who told me not to use the mug at work anymore because it reflects a negative attitude. I tried to reason with her, but she refused to budge. She ended up saying that this was an “order” and if I keep using the mug she will write me up for insubordination. Human Resources backed her up when I talked to them.
I don’t want to quit my job over this, but it’s tempting because I also don’t want to work with a crazy person or under crazy policies. What can I do? Could this be a freedom of speech issue under the Constitution?
– Hates Mondays and Censorship