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Wis. Custodian Who Claims She Lost Her Job for Displaying 'Stand With Walker' Sign Speaks Out
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Wis. Custodian Who Claims She Lost Her Job for Displaying 'Stand With Walker' Sign Speaks Out

"I have my rights to put signs in my car."

A high school custodian in Wisconsin who said she lost her job for having a pro-Gov. Scott Walker sign in her car said Friday she wants "liberal schoolteachers" to know they can't "push" people around for having different opinions.

Mary Taylor was a custodian at Whitewater High School in southern Wisconsin. She claimed earlier this month she was fired by the private company that employs her over the "Stand with Walker" sign in her car. The Republican governor is facing a recall effort to oust him from office.

Taylor said during an appearance on Fox News her boss gave her two options: "She told me that I was to take the sign out of the back window and put it on the floor of the car or I could park across the street."

"I have my rights to put signs in my car, I know that's my right," she said. "Of course I stand for Scott, for Scott Walker, so I felt that it was necessary for me to provide information for other people that I indeed do stand for Scott Walker."

Pointing to the recall stickers on display on teachers' cars at the school, Taylor said she refused to take the sign down and was fired as a result.

But according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the company -- Diversified Building Maintenance of Janesville -- said it rescinded its request for Taylor to remove her sign after speaking with school officials. Joan Dedolph, Taylor's manager, said the dismissal was a misunderstanding and that she never used the word "fired."

"Those words never came out of my mouth," Dedolph said. She said she asked whether Taylor would be willing to work at another facility, and did offer to help her secure unemployment benefits, which Dedolph said led to the confusion.

Tom Simon, Taylor's attorney, said on Fox there were "reports of teachers complaining" about the sign.

"That moved up a little bit and eventually it came to her supervisor who said ‘you’re done,'" he said.

Taylor, who is currently out of work, said she was indeed asked if she wanted to transfer to another school -- 30 miles from her home. Now, she wants justice.

"Justice for me is just to hopefully let people know that liberal school teachers and liberals in general cannot push the public around when they have different opinions other than theirs," she said.

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