FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – A unionized ACME employee suspended for wearing a sleeveless red, white and blue dress on Memorial Day has been reinstated, but not without some controversy.
Donna Patrick, a clerk at ACME stores, is back at work, but not at the Bensalem, Bucks County store. She was suspended there for violating the dress code.
She’ll be reinstated at the Feasterville store, as a result of a grievance meeting earlier this week.
“One day suspension, even though I lost three weeks worth of work and did not get paid for it,” she says.
Patrick says if the meeting had been held when first scheduled, she wouldn’t have missed a day. Now, she’s out $1,700 for days lost.
The grievance centered on a patriotic dress worn on a national holiday.
“I just feel that ACME is not very patriotic,” Patrick says.
ACME and the union say they can’t discuss the issue, but both added it’s been resolved.
Patrick claims the union failed to represent her and wants another meeting.