Goodyear has announced that its employees can wear apparel expressing their support for law enforcement.
The company was highly criticized by the president and the GOP after a local news outlet reported that a plant in Topeka, Kansas, showed workers a list of prohibited apparel under the company's dress code which included messages of "Blue Lives Matter," "All Lives Matter" and "MAGA." "Black Lives Matter" and LGBT pride expressions were deemed acceptable, Newsweek reports.
In response, Goodyear said that there have been "misconceptions" regarding their workplace attire policies.
Goodyear CEO and President Rich Kramer has announced that employees are allowed to wear apparel that shows support for law enforcement.
He wrote in a statement posted on Twitter:
"First, to be clear, Goodyear does not endorse any political organization, party or candidate. We have a longstanding corporate policy that asks associates to refrain from workplace expressions in support of any candidate or political party.
"Second, Goodyear strongly supports our law enforcement partners and deeply appreciates all they do to put their lives on the line each and every day for our communities. We have proudly supplied tires to police and fire personnel for more than 100 years and that relationship is foundational to our company."
A message from Rich Kramer: By now, you are aware of a visual from our Topeka factory that has been circulating in the media. I want to personally clear the record on what you are seeing and hearing. pic.twitter.com/UqqFeFQn6t— Goodyear (@goodyear) August 20, 2020