Steve Brown, Former Lowe's employee (Credit: Theresa Brown)

Former Lowe’s employee Steven Brown wears his Wounded Warrior Project ball cap every day. He quit Monday after being told he couldn’t wear it anymore.

Brown, 59, served as a Marine. He has worked at the Fairbanks Lowe’s for the last eight months as a shipping and receiving clerk in the warehouse away from customers.

According to Lowe’s policy, employees can only wear company hats at work.

Corporate spokeswoman Sarah Lively said in an email that Brown was offered a special Lowe’s hat while he was signing resignation papers, but he declined.

“We offer Lowe’s hats that include the American flag and have ‘veteran’ written on the side,” Lively said. “It’s always our intention that employees are aware of Lowe’s policies and that those policies are consistently applied.”

He said he hasn’t been asked to take off his hat before, but a few weeks ago, a coworker was asked to not wear his football hat.

Brown said he would understand if the hat supported an alcohol brand or a football team because it’s “controversial.” But, he said he thinks his hat is a “symbol of peace.”

On Monday, Brown said he was asked to go to human resources to see if his hat met the dress code. The answer was no.

The veteran hat Brown was offered wasn't enough, Brown said, because he specifically wanted to raise awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project. He said they threatened to fire him if he didn’t stop wearing his project cap, so he quit.

Brown “quit under duress” because he was no longer allowed to wear the hat he also considered a “symbol of support.” He is upset with the company-- but not with the individuals enforcing what he calls “blind policies.”

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