William "Bill" Jones, 46, who has been a bus driver in the Springfield Mass Transit District for nine years, served his suspension, but said he will file a formal grievance, according to the State Journal Register.
Jones said he wore the tie on the first Friday of the month as a way to recognize close family members who had battled the deadly disease.
"It represents the women of my family who have fallen to breast cancer and cancer itself," Jones said. "And to all women across this country who have either fallen from the disease or who have survived. That's basically what it's for."
While SMTD managing director Linda Tisdale didn't comment specifically about Jones' case, she did say that employees are expected to show up to work wearing their uniform.
"Any time there is a deviation from the uniform, the employee must ask in advance," Tisdale said. "We've tended to work with them on these occasions. It's approved in advance so any deviation can be open up to all the operators."
Ironically enough, Jones' violation has now led to the mass transit district approving of employees wearing pink on Fridays in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Last Friday members of the Marcos de Niza High School football team in Tempe, Ariz., donned pink jerseys for their game as part of a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Arizona Cardinals donated the jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit cancer research. Other sports teams and figures have also been flaunting their pink this month.
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