No such "freedom of speech" protection from repercussions exists within the civilian population. If a business owner says or does something I find offensive...for example, if he put up a "The Tea Baggers are Racists, vote them out!" sign in his store window..."freedom of speech" doesn't keep me from being able to start a boycott campaign against his store.
In some states, if it can be reasonably tied back to your job in a detrimental way in some fashion, yes. However, that's not a good analogy to this situation, because this is a case of pictures being passed around AT THE OFFICE and I believe a costume wore at an office costume party.You would be ok if your boss forbade you from putting your Obama/Biden sign in your front yard?
My opponent is a liar, and he can not be trusted
This election began like a car wreck; a bad thing, but I couldn't help but look away. It's now more like a beheading video; a sickening display where I can't hit the red X fast enough.
I think sensitivity training over something like this is idiotic, but it's the business owner's perogative.