Two in Alabama claim Confederate battle flag to blame for their firings

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DECATUR, Ala. --  The Confederate battle flag may have cost two men their jobs in Alabama.

They claim they were fired from Turner Industries for refusing to remove the flag from their vehicles.

Phillip Sims told WHNT-TV he didn't normally drive to work with the Confederate battle flag on his truck.

But he says he was running late on Monday and didn’t take the time to remove it.

Sims says the plant superintendent called him outside for a talk.

He claims the manager said, “Hey, we like your work here, and we like you, but your flag, it’s gonna have to go. I hate to be the one to tell you that, but if you don’t I’m gonna have to fire you.”

He said the company has called him three times offering to rehire him if he’d take the flag off his truck.

Sims, however, said this has gone too far, and he stands by his actions.

Another employee at the same company said he too was fired for the same reason.

Sims has contacted the American Civil Liberties Union in hopes it will speak up for him.

WHNT-TV said Turner Industries referred all calls to its corporate attorney, but that attorney never returned phone calls.